Northern Centre for Cancer Care

Maggie's Centre

Based at the Freeman Hospital, Maggie’s Centre in Newcastle provides anyone with cancer and their family and friends with emotional, practical and social support.

All of the services are free and you don’t need an appointment or a referral – you can just come in for a cup of tea. Anyone can come and talk to one of the Cancer Support Specialists who will help you to find the support you need.


Opened in May 2013, the centre is a bright, modern and welcoming space just a short walk from the Northern Centre for Cancer Care. Maggie’s has a wide range of facilities specially-designed for people with cancer, including:  

  • Comfortable sitting rooms and open-plan kitchen
  • Library with books and information leaflets and access to computers
  • Cosy rooms for private discussions
  • Group room for communal activities
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Two roof gardens
  • Outdoor exercise equipment

Maggie’s offers a change of scene from the hospital environment in a relaxed setting that encourages visitors to chat, share experiences and support each other.

Support, advice and activities for all ages

The centre runs a programme of support which includes:

  • Informal drop-in-and-chat sessions
  • Benefits advice
  • Appointments for one-to-one support, advice, education and counseling
  • Look Good, Feel Better sessions
  • Support groups for cancers including sarcoma, lung, prostate, breast, brain and myeloma
  • Tai Chi and yoga sessions
  • Bra/swimwear clinic
  • Art therapy
  • Teenage and young adults support groups

The professional experts who work at Maggie’s offer help and advice on all cancer issues, including information about treatment, practicalities of day-to-day life with cancer or help with bereavement.

Meet the team

The centre’s friendly and dedicated team include Centre Head Karen Verrill (a former cancer nurse specialist), Benefits Adviser Stephanie Howard, a psychologist and volunteers (many who have had cancer).

The centre is always looking for volunteers, so if you’re interested in helping out, please get in touch.

More information

The centre is part of the nationwide Maggie’s Cancer Centre network.

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