Our story

2001 - 2005




The Sahara Desert Hike raises £200,000 for Maggie's.


The Clinical Standards Board for Scotland congratulates Maggie's on its excellent standard of support. This public recognition for Maggie’s programme of support is crucial both for fundraising and for sustaining credibility among the medical profession.



Charles Jencks donates a specially designed sculpture 'DNA' for the opening of the Maggie's Glasgow Centre.

DNA Sculpture


The second Maggie's Centre is opened at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow. David Page from architects Page and Park, converted the red brick gatehouse at the Beatson Oncology Centre at the Western Infirmary to create the Centre. Forming part of the Kelvingrove complex, the conversion maintains the original façade and as much of the interior as possible, creating a welcoming and contemporary house that adapts to the needs of people who visit it. Most rooms look out onto the gardens, landscaped by Charles Jencks.



Maggie's holds a reception at Number 11 Downing Street, hosted by Gordon and Sarah Brown.


David Landale is appointed Chairman of Board of Directors.

Maggie's Dundee, designed by Frank Gehry, opens at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, the third purpose-built Maggie's Centre to open in the UK. Maggie's Dundee is the UK's first building by the internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry. As a good friend of Maggie, Gehry went through numerous revisions before arriving at the final remarkable design with its signature curving walls and an undulating roof. The Dundee building wins the Royal Fine Art Commission Award for 2004 in association with British Sky Broadcasting.

Maggie's Dundee opening



The Aberneathy Cancer Support Centre in Oxford becomes part of Maggie's, marking the beginning of Maggie's interim services in Oxford.

Maggie's undergoes an organisational restructure - known as the Landale Review after the Chairman of the time. This restructure brings all the individual local Centres together as part of a single national organisation.

As part of this restructure, Professor Bob Leonard succeeds Professor Bill Duncan as Chair of Maggie's Professional Advisory Board, which monitors clinical governance across the organisation.


Cherie Blair hosts a fundraising lunch for Maggie's London.



Maggie's develops its plans for UK-based challenge fundraising events including: the Monster Bike and Hike and the London Night Hike.

Monster Bike & Hike


The fourth Maggie's Centre (Maggie's Highlands) based at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness opens to the public. Maggie's Highlands is designed by Page and Park. Charles Jencks designs the mounds and the landscape contract is overseen by Gross Max. Building and landform are conceived together as cell forms undergoing mitosis, vesica-shapes in shades of green. The unique structure won the RICS Scotland Community Benefit Award and the Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

Maggie's Highlands


Kisho Kurokawa, the Japanese architect, visits the site for Maggie's South West Wales at Singleton Hospital, Swansea. Kurokawa agrees to undertake the project on a pro-bono basis. In the same month Ian Marchant, the Chief Executive of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), is appointed Director. Bringing in operational and management skills he helps Maggie’s run more smoothly as a growing organisation.


At the invitation of the Keswick Foundation, Maggie's Chief Executive and Chairman visit Hong Kong to discuss the development of a Maggie's Centre in the New Territories, a building that Frank Gehry will design, helped by Maggie’s daughter Lily Jencks. In the same month, Peter Cummings, Chief Executive of Halifax Bank of Scotland Corporate, is appointed a Director and, as part of the London Board, starts to raise funds for Maggie’s London at the Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith. He continues to be a major benefactor of Maggie’s. Jamie Ritblat, Chief Executive of property company Delancy, is appointed Director in November. In addition to supporting Ali Afshar on the property committee, Ritblat’s key role is to support of the Joy of Living Campaign, which aims to raise £15 million to build new Centres across England, Scotland and Wales.