Centre Charities 2017

Mike Flanagan, Centre Manager, is pleased to announce that Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre will be forming a partnership with Dr. Kershaw’s and Maggie’s Oldham throughout 2017.

The Centre has a very large number of visitors each month. Having managed the Centre for 16 years, and proudly supported various charities throughout this time, Mike felt it was time for a change: “I wanted to form a partnership with one or two local charities that the Centre, with its size and footfall, could have a meaningful relationship with. Having met with representatives from Dr Kershaw’s and Maggie’s Oldham, it was felt that the Centre could contribute most effectively by raising awareness of both charities within the area, as well as fundraising opportunities”.

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice provides a range of free services tailored to those within the community living with life-limiting illnesses, along with their families. Having visited the Hospice, though, it was clear to Mike that it offers this and so much more.

Angela Higham, Corporate Fundraiser at Dr Kershaw’s said “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Spindles Town Square and Maggies. With our complementary services Dr Kershaw’s and Maggies can make sure that the people of Oldham living with Cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, get the support they need where and when they need it. This can only be great news for patients and family members who are all affected when a diagnosis of this nature is made.”

“The hospice has an inpatient unit that can care for up to 12 patients at any one time, either for end of life care or pain management and symptom control, plus a suite so that relatives can stay over if they want to remain close by. We also run a day service that people can attend to partake in crafts, gardening or art, receive complementary therapies, and gain emotional support from staff, volunteers and other patients. All of our services are provided free of charge and we look after family and friends too. We are also delighted that Dr Kershaw’s has just received confirmation of recurrent funding from the local CCG for its Hospice at Home service which allows patients to be cared for in their own homes if that is their wish. This means the hospice can reach more people across the borough in times of need.”

Alternatively, a Maggie’s Centre offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Help is offered freely to anyone with any type of cancer. You can simply drop-in at any time – everyone is always welcome. There are a number of Centres throughout the UK and the Oldham Centre is currently under construction at the Royal Oldham Hospital and will be an exciting new addition.

Laura Tomlinson, the Centre Fundraising Manager for Maggie’s Oldham said “I’m thrilled to be working in partnership with Spindles Town Square and Dr Kershaw’s and I’m looking forward to the opportunities that we will work together to create to raise awareness about two charities that provide such vital support to people in the local community.

Once open in June, Maggie’s Oldham will support people with cancer and their family and friends to deal with the issues that cancer brings into their lives. A diagnosis of cancer can bring with it tough questions, exhaustive treatment and difficult emotions, such as anxiety, fear, loneliness and isolation.

Through the support of our professionally qualified staff and the opportunity within the Centre to meet people in a similar situation, we aim to help people live well with cancer and ensure that more people affected by cancer can find the support they need at a time when they need it most.

This partnership provides us a real opportunity to share what we do at Maggie’s with the wider community and ensure that anybody who needs our support knows we are right here for them whenever they need us.”

Mike, accompanied by Katie Bennett, the Centre’s Marketing Manager, visited Maggie’s Manchester and were overwhelmed by the Centre – both the ambience and the services offered – and again hoped that Spindles Town Square could offer its support in raising awareness of the facility and services available. “Maggie’s Manchester is an amazing Centre and offers fantastic support for everyone throughout their journey and I’m sure the Centre in Oldham will provide an excellent service for the community” commented Katie after the visit.

Mike Flanagan said “The Centre is looking forward to working with both charities in the hope that we can offer its support in raising awareness of the facilities and help available”.

Various events and updates will take place throughout the year and more information can be found on the Centre’s website www.spindlestownsquare.com or by clicking on the links to the charity websites Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and Maggie’s Oldham