Philanthropy

David Cameron’s former director of strategy has a manifesto for the modern world

Debates over the merits and value of new concert venues are raging in Paris, Munich and now London

In the Church of England’s new book the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are too focused on inequality rather than poverty, greed and folly

The media mogul gets up the noses of the chattering classes for preserving pluralism of press and broadcasting

The Tory leader’s Big Society speech promises a revolution. But have we been here before?

Impact Foundation Bangladesh funds a floating hospital which provides treatment to remote villages

Free Word works to protect and promote free expression in a number of languages

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.

The Butterfly Saturday Reading School gives literacy classes to children from the local Mozart Estate