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Business figures get behind Maggie's campaign

July 14, 2014

GABRIELLA GRIFFITH



City figures such as Centrica'sSam Laidlaw and Gerald Kaye of Helical Bar, have got together to back a 5m scheme to build a new cancer care centre in the centre of the capital's banking district.


The scheme for St Barts Hospital, put forward by charity Maggie's at Bart's request, will be presented to the City of London Planning Committee later this week.


"We've been working with the hospital to develop plans for the centre for four years and we've raised the funds needed to start building as soon as we get the go ahead," Laura Lee, Maggie's chief executive told City A.M. The centre, which will provide emotional and social support for cancer patients and their families, has had some opposition from a group that believes its building will impede planned restoration to the Great Hall at St Bart's, an 18th century building which is part of the hospital.


The group, called The Friends of the Great Hall & Archive of St Bartholomew's, has suggested an alternative site for the Maggie's Centre to be built on but the Bart's Health NHS Trust feels this site is not viable.


"Both Bart's Health NHS Trust and Maggie's have made clear that the alternative site the Friends are proposing is not suitable, mostly because this would have an adverse impact on the running of the hospital as it is situated directly above major infrastructure services," Laura Lee, Maggie's chief executive told City A.M. The plans will be presented to the committee on Thursday when they will vote on whether to give the project the green light or not.


Joining Laidlaw and Kaye in supporting Maggie's are Peter Harrison, director at Schroders, chief executive of Delancey, Jamie Ritblat, and Pierre Goad, global head of communications at HSBC.


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Source: City A.M. (UK)


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