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The Duchess of Cornwall visits Manchester

26th April 2016

The Duchess of Cornwall meets families supported by Big Manchester. Photo courtesy of Barnardo's.

The Duchess of Cornwall was in Manchester today, visiting centres that support families in the area. The Duchess’s first visit was to a Rape and Sexual abuse centre that provides a comprehensive service to men, women and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted. 

The Duchess has been helping raise awareness of support centres for rape and sexual abuse survivors since 2009. You can read more about The Duchess’s work here:

The next stop for The Duchess was to Big Manchester, a project led by children’s charity Barnardo’s. The project supports families affected by mental ill-health, domestic abuse and substance misuse.

The Duchess met families who have worked with Big Manchester to develop strategies that are helping them build resilience, develop coping strategies and ultimately transform their lives for the better.

Our final visit in Manchester was to Maggie’s, a cancer support centre which was officially opened by The Duchess today.

Every year, 50,000 people in the North West are diagnosed with cancer and Maggie’s believes that, as the number of people living with cancer increases, the need for support becomes even more important. The Duchess learnt more about the support Maggie’s offers from patients and carers, which includes psychological support, nutrition workshops, relaxation and art therapy.

A speech by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at the opening of the new Maggie's Cancer Care Centre in Manchester

Published on 26th April 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As the very, very, proud President of Maggie's, I'm delighted to be here in Manchester today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this unique charity and to open the new Maggie's Centre at the Christie Hospital.

I saw for myself, on my first visit in Edinburgh in 2008, just how Maggie's Centres change people's experience of living with cancer. It was that truly inspirational visit that prompted me to accept the indomitable Laura Lee's request to become its President.

Maggie's has gone from strength to strength, staying true to Maggie Keswick Jencks's vision of truly imaginative buildings whose design is an essential part of the Maggie's message .These Centres offer a calm haven with a warm, and welcoming atmosphere with practical support and a chance to chat to other people and their families facing the challenge of cancer.

This new Maggie's Centre, designed by Foster and Partners, fulfils that vision perfectly.  Lord Foster, born and bred in Manchester, has brought a personal understanding to this masterful design and its light airiness is matched by Dan Pearson's sensitive planting scheme.  I cannot imagine a more welcoming or comforting sanctuary.

And The Christie Hospital, a global leader in cancer treatment, is the ideal place for this Maggie's Centre.  How better to celebrate this 20th anniversary milestone, Ladies and Gentlemen, than with the opening of another beautifully designed Centre where yet more people will find the care and support they need in this ongoing ba ...

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