King’s Girls’ Division has become the first school to form a fundraising partnership with the new Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre at The Christie in Manchester.
King’s Girls’ Division Charities’ Prefects handed over a cheque for a stunning £4,514.91 to Centre Fundraising Organiser Ruth Tobi, who confirmed it was enough to operate the new Maggie’s Manchester for a single day.
Maggie’s was inspired by cancer sufferer Maggie Keswick Jencks who lived with terminal cancer for two years and used her last energies to design a new approach to treat the person as opposed to just the patient.
The new centre opened in Withington last April and follows models now operating successfully across the UK and is open-plan, airy, with a garden, no reception desk and no uniforms – all to encourage people dealing with the turmoil caused by a diagnosis to share their stories and gain strength for one another.
The charity was chosen by one of King’s Prefects after a family member had used the centre in Scotland and been given a lifeline by its new approach. Every girl in the school has been raising money since last September with events including a Santa Dash, a disco, dog walking and bag packing duties and even a ‘pin the toupee on Donald Trump’ fundraiser.
King’s girls’ choir, the Songbirds, will visit Maggie’s Centre on Friday 10 March to sing for centre users and bring home made cakes for one and all to share.
Ruth Tobi Centre Fundraising Organiser, said: “Maggie’s Manchester is so grateful to all the girls at King’s Macclesfield for their amazing fundraising achievement. The girls have all been absolutely brilliant and our thanks also go to the staff at the school for totally supporting all their efforts. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Last month was our busiest yet at Maggie’s Manchester, we had over 1,400 visits and as we are totally reliant on donations and gifts to be able to provide the support that is needed. We are so happy to have had such a successful partnership with the King’s School, our first one.”
Lynne Adams who coordinates King’s Girls’ charitable work said: “Maggies is a cause close to our hearts and a wonderful new venture close to home. In this academic year, the girls have also hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning, raising £500 and will raise almost £1,000 via non-uniform days for Children in Need, Comic Relief and Save the Children. We are also currently fundraising for The Teenage Cancer Trust and at Easter we will be collecting eggs for the Silk FM campaign. We believe it’s not what you have, but what you give that counts.”
Pictured on the front from the left are eft Lily Todd, Ruth Tobi and Amy Willock and at the back Ciara Allan, Fay Fitzmaurice and Charlotte Wardle.