Marking Maggie's First Year

Radio Clatterbridge has helped mark the first year of a new cancer support centre based on the health park.

Fundraising manager Joanne Dobbie came into the studio to tell listeners all about Maggie's Centre Merseyside.

Joanne Dobbie from Maggie's Merseyside

Joanne told presenter Steve Evans how the charity helps anyone affected by cancer in Wirral, Merseyside and Cheshire.

Based at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, the facility offers a free drop-in service between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.

"We've had great support from The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. It has been really fantastic." - Joanne Dobbie, Maggie's Centres

Joanne revealed how Maggie's Merseyside is the first centre in the north west and the charity has ambitious plans to expand with a centre at The Christie in Manchester next year.

Coffee Club listeners heard how staff from The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre refer patients to Maggie's on an informal basis and that people can use the charity regardless of when the diagnosis took place.

Joanne Dobbie talks to Radio Clatterbridge about Maggie's Centres Merseyside by Radio Clatterbridge on Mixcloud

Maggie's, which works closely with Macmillan and other charities, also offers a full timetable of activities throughout the week.

People can take courses varying from tai chi and yoga classes to nutrition and benefits advice and psychology appointments.

Joanne told listeners that the centre is also in the process of setting up a bereavement support service.

"We want to make sure that everybody has the right access to the right information when they need it." - Joanne Dobbie, Maggie's Centres

For more details about Maggie's Merseyside, call 0151 334 4301, visit their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter.