CEO, Maggie's Centres
Laura Lee was born in Scotland and trained as an oncology nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. She worked as a clinical nurse specialist at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, where she gave chemotherapy to Maggie Keswick Jencks when her breast cancer was re-diagnosed. Laura shared Maggie’s vision of a cancer support centre housed in a non-clinical and uplifting environment where anybody affected by cancer, either personally or through a member of their family or a friend, could visit the Centre to access free of charge practical information, psychological and emotional support to help them build a life beyond a cancer diagnosis. By the time Maggie died in July 1995, all the necessary groundwork had been done to ensure the first Centre could become a reality and Laura took on responsibility for making Maggie’s vision a reality. To date there are now 18 centres with plans for future centres both in the UK and overseas. In 2014 Laura was appointed as a Member of the British Architectural Trust Board.
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