Hannah Stone

Hannah Stone

Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitrou

Maggie’s cancer care centre in Dundee feels like a home. It is built, like all Maggie’s centres, around a big wooden kitchen table. As Lesley Howells, the centre’s head, explains, “It all happens around the kitchen table. People can come in and just be, they don’t have to be taking part in something, they can just sit.”

The charity was founded in 1996 by Maggie Keswick-Jencks, who died of cancer a year before the first centre was built. As a landscape designer and architect, she knew how deeply a person’s state of mind was affected by their environment. 

After seven years of treatment for her illness, spending hours in windowless waiting rooms with fluorescent overhead lighting, and chairs lined up in a row against the wall, she decided that what cancer patients needed in addition to their medical treatment was a separate, calm and pleasant place where they could get emotional support and information on living with the illness.

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