Share Your Love with Those with Cancer
Hidden Art Donates 5% of Sales to Maggie’s Barts
This Christmas share your love with those with cancer, as well as purchase special and meaningful gifts. Hidden Art and Hidden Art designers are donating a percentage of all Christmas sales to Maggie’s Barts Centre.
Hidden Art will be donating 5% of all Christmas gifts and Baldy and The Fidget is donating 10% of all sales of their Warrior Tea Print to Maggie’s. The donations will help fund tea and coffee for Maggie’s patients.
“A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water. The Warrior Print is the perfect print for tea lovers and for those who need a bit of inspiration during a tough time. Tea can be like a warm cuddle in a cup. Help to keep the tea flowing at Maggie’s.” – Baldy and the Fidget
Dieneke Ferguson, Hidden Art’s Chief Executive has cancer and is treated at Barts Hospital. She often sits at Maggie’s Barts, enjoying the lovely surroundings and interior design. Barts itself has no Wifi, so she also uses Maggie’s Wifi do some work in between treatment and sessions or waiting for her blood test results. Patients can serve themselves free coffees, tea or juice as well as fruit. Maggie’s staff are always at hand for a friendly word, and there is always something going on. Including preparations for a class, or a volunteer arranging flowers in the vases, patients just relaxing…
Maggie’s Barts Centre opened in December 2017 bringing cancer support to Central and East London.
Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Built in the grounds of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, they are open on a drop-in basis for anyone affected by cancer.
They also offer a programme of support that has been proven to improve physical and emotional wellbeing. They offer yoga, tai chi, benefits advice, art therapy, walking groups, a library, one-to-one sessions with psychologists and cancer-specific support groups or simply a space to sit and relax with a cup of tea.
These services are completely free of charge to anyone. Maggie’s does not receive NHS or government funding, and Maggie’s are entirely reliant on voluntary donations
The Maggie’s Centres began as a one person’s idea. Maggie Keswick Jencks, a landscape architect and mother, lived with advanced secondary breast cancer for two years until 1995. Based on her experience, Maggie wrote the blueprints for the first Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh. It was her belief that in order to live more positively with cancer you need information that would allow you to be an informed participant in your medical treatment. She felt that you should also have access to stress-reducing strategies, psychological support and the opportunity to meet other people in similar circumstances in a relaxed domestic atmosphere. She was keen to help people not to ‘lose the joy of living in the fear of dying.’
Maggie’s Centres are places where people feel at home and cared for. There are currently 20 Maggie’s Centres across the UK, as well as two overseas. Each is designed by a visionary architect – from Frank Gehry to Richard Rogers. Maggie’s Barts is designed by Steven Holl Architects. They all share a common ethos. Although they are all in hospital grounds, they don’t feel institutional but imaginative and comforting.
Steven Holl’s design of Maggie’s Barts is a perfect blend of old and new and sits beautifully next to the historical hospital site. St Bartholomew’s Hospital is located to the northwest of the City of London and was founded in the 12th century making it the oldest hospital in Britain.
Steven Holl’s design features a façade of translucent white glass dotted with coloured panels. Steven Holl imagined the building as a ‘vessel within a vessel within a vessel’. Holl’s design pays tribute to the building’s medieval heritage. The geometric façade is modelled on the medieval method of writing down music, called ‘neume notation’. (or vital force)
The coloured glass and peaceful roof garden is designed by Darren Hawkes. Maggie’s Barts are fundraising in 2019 for a garden next to the building.
Maggie’s believes in the restorative power of architecture and interior design. Because a building which has quality makes you feel valued.