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Briggs delighted as Maggie’s Centre Founder enters Scotland’s Hall of Heroes.

Briggs delighted as Maggie’s Centre Founder enters Scotland’s Hall of Heroes.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian, is welcoming the news that the co-founder of the Maggie’s Centres, the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, has been announced as one of the two first ever women to enter Scotland’s Hall of Heroes at the Wallace Monument in Stirling following a public vote. The first Maggie’s Centre was opened in Edinburgh in 1996; there are now 19 across the UK. Miles has tabled a Parliamentary motion on the subject at Holyrood this morning which also suggests that a further welcome tribute to Maggie Keswick Jencks would be the successful completion of the planned extension at Edinburgh’s Maggie’s Centre, with the Build a Brick for Maggie’s Campaign having already raised £1 million for the new development.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ I am delighted that Maggie Keswick Jencks is to be honoured in Scotland’s Hall of Heroes. Her commemoration there is entirely justified given her inspirational work in developing the Maggie’s Centre concept while she herself was suffering from cancer. Thanks to her pioneering ideas and plans, thousands of cancer sufferers across Lothian, Scotland and the UK have benefitted from the world-class care and support offered at Maggie’s Centres. The huge public vote for Maggie Keswick Jencks is an indication of just how highly people across the UK value Maggie's Centres.

“ I believe that a further fitting and lasting tribute to Maggie Keswick Jencks will be the extension at the Edinburgh Maggie’s Centre. I commend all those constituents across Lothian who have donated to the Buy a Brick for Maggie’s Campaign and would encourage more people to do so so that it can offer care and support to even more Lothian residents affected by cancer in the future.”

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* Please see below the motion as tabled by Miles in Parliament today

Motion Number: S5M-05222
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 20/04/2017

Title: Maggie Keswick Jencks Becomes a Hall of Heroes Heroine

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the news that the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, co-founder of the Maggie's Centres, is to become one of the first two women to be commemorated in the Hall of Heroes at the National Wallace Monument in Stirling, alongside the pioneering female missionary, Mary Slessor; notes that the two women were chosen from a shortlist of 14 by a public vote and that busts of the two women will join the Hall of Heroes gallery alongside the existing 16 busts of famous men from Scotland’s history; is aware that Maggie designed the blueprint for the Maggie's Centres while she herself faced cancer; is further aware that the first Maggie's Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and that there are now 19 centres across the UK providing free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends; considers that Maggie's place in the Hall of Heroes is appropriate and richly deserved in light of her inspirational work and the lasting legacy that she has left for people affected by cancer across the UK, and considers that a further welcome tribute to Maggie would be the completion of plans to extend Edinburgh's Maggie's Centre, which it looks forward to with the Buy a Brick for Maggie's campaign having already raised more than £1 million for the extension thanks to the generosity of residents in Lothian and beyond.

Miles Briggs