Get around your kitchen table for Maggie’s

FAMILIES, friends and colleagues are encouraged to come together around their kitchen tables this month in support of cancer charity Maggie’s Oldham.

Diane Bibby

Maggie’s, in the grounds of the Royal Oldham Hospital, wants people to create events be it at work or home on Friday, April 27 as part of their ‘Kitchen Table Day’.

From dinner parties and games nights to coffee mornings and bake sales, the choice is yours so you can gather together as well as raise money for people with cancer.

Maggie’s Oldham follows the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks, who lived with advanced cancer for two years.

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 across the country 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, which welcomes people from Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, and Tameside, often head first for the kitchen table to relax with a cup of tea, join in the conversation and meet Maggie’s professional staff.

Diane Bibby, a supporter, said: “I attended a fantastic Kitchen Table Day event last year, which inspired me to challenge myself this year to host my own curry night as I’m absolutely rubbish at cooking!

“My friends are holding their own Kitchen Table Day event during the day and they’ve promised me lots of delicious cake, then we will meet at mine in the evening for some curry! It’s a great way to meet friends and socialise.

“Many of my friends have gone through cancer themselves and have found the support offered at Maggie’s so valuable. Kitchen Table Day is an amazing way to give something back.”

Bernie Byrne, Centre Head at Maggie’s Oldham, said: “I can’t wait to see the wonderful events people come up with to help make Maggie’s Kitchen Table Day 2018 a success.

“Maggie’s Oldham relies entirely on voluntary donations to allow us to keep on developing our unique programme of free support for all those living with cancer in the area.”

Gather together around your kitchen table on Friday 27 April to raise money for Maggie’s. Register now for your free pack online:

Share photos of your event on social media using the hashtag #kitchentableday

To find out more about Maggie’s Oldham, visit the Centre at the Sir Norman Stoller Building, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, OL1 2JHor call: 0161 989 0550or email:


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