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Team Target, has chosen Maggie’s as its new nominated charity.

Maggie’s is an independent charity that provides free support to people living with cancer, their family and friends, through 24 dedicated centres around the UK, including Cheltenham. Many of the staff are NHS-trained and all its Cancer Support Specialists have expert knowledge about cancer and the associated treatment. They focus on the things that really make a difference, like money worries, help with stress and depression, managing side-effects, and relationship and family support.

“The Maggie’s Centre in Cheltenham is only a stone’s throw from our offices, and it’s a cause that’s really close to our hearts,” says Target CEO, Sarah Bryars. “They provide incredible help to those who are going through, or have gone through cancer treatment, as well as their family and friends who often also need support. Alongside raising much needed funds, we also want to raise awareness of Maggie’s and the free assistance they offer, so more people in Cheltenham and surrounding areas can benefit.”

Anna Mason, Centre Fundraising Manager at Maggie’s Cheltenham, says: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Target. It costs £10,000 for 500 people living with cancer in our local community to get free, expert, financial, practical and psychological support, from the moment they are diagnosed. Maggie’s are only able to continue to provide these services through fundraising and kind donation gifts, so partnerships like this are essential. Not only because of the funds that are raised, but with helping to increase awareness to ensure anyone who needs us, knows we are there. We’re really looking forward to working with the team and excited for what we can do together.”

Nicola Peregrine, Centre Head of Maggie’s Cheltenham, agrees: “There’s never been a more important time to support Maggie’s as people living with cancer are facing more challenges than ever before, with the combined effects of delays to cancer treatment caused by the pandemic and the rising cost of living. It is thanks to partnerships like this that Maggie’s can continue to offer free, individual and tailored support to thousands of people when they need it most. Thank you to everyone at Target for choosing to support us.”