Hospital shop helping fight cancer

Date published: 02 August 2019

‘The Shop @ The Royal’ at Royal Oldham Hospital has been doing their bit for local cancer charity Maggie’s.

Staff members Tracey Leech, Karen Healey, Karen Brookes and Riz Karim have been collecting for Maggie’s Oldham, also based at the hospital, since last May, raising an incredible £398.38 during that period. 

They're also showing no signs of slowing down.

Manager Tracey said: “It’s a really good cause.

"The rest of the staff have embraced the idea and we are more than happy to support a local charity based at the hospital.”

Tom Hall, Centre Fundraising Organiser at Maggie’s Oldham, added: “Our orange collection tins have been distributed to Oldham and the surrounding areas and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

"The support of the local community is really important to us and is vital for allowing us to support anyone affected by cancer.”

If you are interested in taking a Maggie’s collection tin then please call 0161 989 0553 or email: for more info.

Maggie’s Oldham follows the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.

Maggie lived with advanced cancer for two years and was determined that she should not “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”.

In order to live more positively with cancer, Maggie believed people needed information, stress-reducing strategies, psychological support and the opportunity to meet other people in similar circumstances in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

All Maggie’s Centres are individually designed by leading architects to feel like a home and all have a big kitchen table at their heart.  

New visitors to Maggie’s Oldham often head first for the kitchen table. 

Here they can relax with a cup of tea, perhaps join in the conversation and meet a member of Maggie’s professional staff.

For all Centre visitors, Maggie’s kitchen table is a place where they can talk to people who really understand what it means to be living with cancer.

Built in the grounds of Royal Oldham Hospital, Maggie’s Oldham is a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

Maggie’s Oldham relies on voluntary donations to develop its unique, high quality programme of support.

The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends.

To find out more about Maggie’s Oldham and to see how the Centre supports people living with cancer across Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, Tameside and the surrounding areas, please visit the Centre at the Sir Norman Stoller Building, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, OL1 2JH or get in touch on 0161 989 0550 or email:

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