Maggie’s Centre, a Cheltenham-based charity, has been awarded £7,440 by the VINCI UK Foundation to develop an Outreach Centre in the Forest of Dean.

The Foundation is supported by Actemium UK, part of the VINCI Energies UK group; Actemium employees will volunteer their time to help work on the project.

Maggie’s Centre in Cheltenham is well-known in the community for its work offering free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Their mission is to ensure that people affected by cancer do not “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”, and their advice and support helps people to live with confidence during their illness.

Maggie’s Centre applied for funding from the VINCI UK Foundation to fund the development of an Outreach Centre in the Forest of Dean, where the charity will begin to offer support, starting at two days per month.

The VINCI UK Foundation, funded by VINCI businesses across the UK, supports groups and charities which work to tackle exclusion, foster community integration and improve access to employment and housing. Launched in early 2016, the Foundation is unique in its support for good causes due to its specific focus and provision of skilled volunteers.

Maggie’s Centres play a hugely important role supporting people affected by cancer. Learning about their work, I have been impressed and moved, so it has been a real honour for me to help them secure funding from the VINCI UK Foundation. This funding will make a real difference helping people affected by cancer in the Forest of Dean, an area that Maggie’s Centre has not previously been able to serve.

Karen Birt Actemium ICS (Gloucester)

This generous support from the VINCI UK Foundation is hugely important in helping us to establish a new outreach programme and services in the Forest of Dean. As part of our mission, we are committed to extending our reach, to ensure we can support anyone affected by cancer anywhere in the country – funding like this takes us a step closer to making this a reality.

Sally Hayes Maggie's Cheltenham Centre Head

Through the Foundation, all VINCI’s employees, from apprentices to senior management, can use their experience and skills to benefit their local communities.
Businesses supporting the Foundation include VINCI Energies UK & ROI, VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Concessions, Eurovia, Bachy Soletanche, VINCI Construction Grands Projects, Nuvia and Freyssinet.
More details can be found at www.vinci-uk-foundation.co.uk.

Notes for Editors

About the VINCI UK Foundation
Full details on the projects receiving support are available on request. For further information and to get involved, please visit the VINCI UK Foundation website: http://www.vinci-uk-foundation.co.uk/
VINCI companies in the UK are committed to supporting the communities in which they work. The VINCI UK Foundation is part of that commitment.
The Foundation will be sponsoring 24 charities’ projects for a total of £207,000. Individual grants range from £3,000 to nearly £18,000.
The original VINCI Foundation was established in France in May 2002 and since then has supported more than 2,500 projects, each receiving an average grant of £10,000 and the support of up to four employees. The Foundation distributes over £3.3 million globally to good causes every year.
Businesses supporting the Foundation include VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Energies UK & ROI, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Eurovia, Bachy Soletanche, Freyssinet, VINCI Concessions and Nuvia.
Like the original VINCI Foundation, the VINCI UK Foundation will enable our employees to become personally involved in initiatives by using their experience and skills to benefit the local community. The goal is to provide fresh opportunities for people suffering social exclusion by fostering community integration and strengthening social cohesion. This will be achieved thanks to employees’ involvement and the financial help granted by the VINCI UK Foundation.

About Actemium
Actemium, a key player in the transformation to a smarter industry, is the VINCI Energies brand dedicated to industrial processes.
Focusing on a continuous optimisation of performance, Actemium accompanies customers in a smooth way into the new industrial era.
The network, comprising more than 350 innovative & agile business units’ specialised by market segment, enables a customised approach, presenting multi-technical, multi-site and multi-country solutions.
Operating throughout the entire industrial life cycle, from design up to and including maintenance, Actemium innovates in order to support the long-term development of industrial customers, in a sustainable way.
€2.5 billion revenue // 20,000 employees / 350 business units / 40 countries

About Maggie’s Centre
Maggie’s is a charity that provides free cancer support and information in centres across the UK and online.
In 1996, we created a place for anyone who is living with cancer and their family and friends, in the grounds of an NHS hospital in Edinburgh. We named the centre after our inspirational founder, Maggie.
Maggie lived with advanced cancer for two years and used her experiences to create a blueprint for a new type of care. Her belief that “above all, what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying” has informed everything at our centres, from the beautiful architecture and choice of artwork to the relaxed, welcoming layouts and our warm friendly approach.
Today you will find Maggie’s across the UK and even abroad. Each of our 22 centres is staffed by an expert team, including support specialists, psychologists and benefits advisors. They are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; for emotional support; to share experiences with others in a similar situation around the kitchen table or in our online community; or just to sit quietly with a cup of tea.
Our unique programme of support has been shown to strengthen the physical and emotional wellbeing of people living with cancer and their family and friends.
“Maggie’s provided me with a refuge – a sanctuary – part of the real world but somehow detached. The world hadn’t changed but cancer had totally changed who I was and I needed help to learn how to live again.”
Isobel, Maggie’s visitor
To find out more, or to find your nearest Maggie’s, please visit www.maggiescentres.org

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