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Monklands Men Pay Tribute To Maggie's
Two men who lost their wives to cancer have paid tribute to the work done at Maggie’s Lanarkshire as the facility marked its first year.
A number of people who use the facility joined staff and centre head Lorrie Forsyth for a drinks reception and a cake cutting as part of the birthday celebrations.
The centre, called the Elizabeth Montgomerie Building, is located at Monklands Hospital and provides “practical, emotional and social support” to those battling cancer and to their friends and family.
Coatbridge man Des Hamill lost his wife Isabel to lung cancer at the age of 61 in June last year. And he said: “The first time I came to Maggie’s it felt like such a warm, friendly place. I joined the connections group for people who have been bereaved and I come to that twice a month. Being with people who are in similar circumstances shows you that it’s all right to be emotional. It shows that you are not alone. If I drop to a low point I know how to get myself out of it and I know that I can drop in to Maggie’s at any time. The building is brilliant. It feels like home – it’s so warm, friendly, bright and open.”
Kenny Cameron from Chapelhall lost his wife Marion to skin cancer in November last year.
He said: “When Marion passed away I said to myself that I would keep going to Maggie’s and I have been getting a lot of benefit from it. I come three or four times a week, sometimes just to have a cup of tea at the kitchen table. The walking group has been good and I’ve been coming to nutrition workshops. Maggie’s has made an unbelievable difference to me and has helped me get by. I don’t know where I would be without it.”
Centre head, Lorrie, said: “Thank you to everyone who came to our birthday celebrations. It was a great day with such a fantastic turnout. It was a good chance to bring everyone together and thank them for their support. We have had a great year in our centre and we hope we are going to have another successful year.”