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How you can support an Oldham charity at the Great Manchester Run

Runners who were part of Team Maggie's at the Great Manchester Run in 2019.

Maggie's Oldham, the cancer support centre based at The Royal Oldham Hospital, are looking for runners to take part in the Great Manchester Run on 26 September.

An iconic event at the heart of Manchester city centre, participants will experience an electric atmosphere whilst taking in some of the city's famous landmarks and sights, either in a 10k run or half marathon.

Anyone taking part will receive a free Maggie’s running vest and/or t-shirt, as well as being roared on by the Maggie’s team and cheering squad. To register your interest, or for more information, call Tom on 07843 502 832 or email oldhamfundraising@maggies.org

You can also visit the Great Manchester Run website at https://www.greatrun.org/events/great-manchester-run/ 

Over the course of the last 18 months, the charity has supported thousands of people who have been impacted negatively by coronavirus, as Suzanne Bland, Cancer Support Specialist at Maggie’s Oldham, explains:

“We have been here for people with cancer and their families during the pandemic. We’ve worked tirelessly to continue to provide many hours of support over the phone and on Zoom, as well as online courses and workshops to our centre visitors. More recently we’ve also been able to provide face to face support safely in the centre. People with cancer have been some of the hardest hit by Coronavirus, so our unique programme of support is now more important than ever.

"We’d love for you to able to join Team Maggie’s at the Great Manchester Run so we can be here for more people with cancer.”

Every Maggie's centre follows the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks, who 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.

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, visit the Centre at Sir Norman Stoller Building, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, OL1 2JH, or get in touch on 0161 989 0550 or email oldham@maggies.org

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