LANARKSHIRE cancer care centre Maggie’s has received a welcome funding boost from the Ross and Liddell Community Bursary Scheme.
Staff at Maggie’s Lanarkshire at the Elizabeth Montgomery Building in Monklands Hospital picked up the bursary from the property management company’s fifth annual funding programme, which provides support to organisations all over Scotland.
Maggie’s was established in 1995 and Maggie’s Lanarkshire was opened in 2014 by golfer Colin Montgomerie. The building bears his mother Elizabeth’s name after the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation donated more than £1.2m in support of the organisation.
The centre, which provides people with cancer and their family and friends with practical and emotional support, relies on donations to operate.
Marion Pirrie, from Maggie’s Lanarkshire, said:
"We are delighted to have been chosen to receive funding from Ross and Liddell and are very grateful for their support.
Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of centres and develop its unique, high quality programme of support.
“The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference it can to people living with cancer and their family and friends."
Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.
Now in its fifth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations that make a vital difference in their community.
Maggie’s Lanarkshire is one of 31 groups to receive funding in this bursary year. Ross and Liddell Ground maintenance supervisor Gordon Howie made the presentation at the centre this month.
Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said:
"The bursary has really gone from strength to strength and the number of entries that we received for the 2015 scheme was fantastic.
“It’s so important that organisations like Maggie’s have access to funding sources.
“The work the group does in the community to help recovering cancer patients and their families is invaluable. We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use."
Maggie’s was founded in 1995 by Maggie Keswick Jencks and her husband Charles Jencks, a landscape architect and architecture critic.