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Maggie's cancer care centre in Dundee celebrates tenth anniversary

The Maggie's Centre in Dundee has seen around 100,000 people pass through its doors since 2003.

Maggie's Centre balloons

A cancer care centre opened by Bob Geldof in 2003 has celebrated its tenth anniversary.

The Maggie's Centre in Dundee has seen around 100,000 people pass through its doors since 2003, some of whom joined staff at a party on Wednesday.

Judy Wilson said: "I can quite honestly say that Maggie's has saved me. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer about two and a half years ago. Prior to that I have been very fit, very healthy, loved my job, love my family.

"Everything was good in my world so this came as a lightning bolt .

"I have a fantastic oncology team but their job is to deal with my disease. The thing about cancer is it's not just about the disease, it's about a whole pile of other things as well.

"Maggie's strength is that they deal with all the other things, they deal with your emotional wellbeing, your physical wellbeing, your mental wellbeing."

The anniversary was an extra special day for Valerie Busher who started the fundraising campaign in 2001, shortly after cancer claimed her husband's life.

She said: "A lot of people come in just to have a cup of tea to wait between appointments - it's a place to be relaxed and calm rather than hanging about the corridors up in the hospital.

"There are other people who will use the entire range we have - tai chi, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, there are a huge range of things and people come in and use them."

Many are looking forward to the future at Maggie's, among them Judy, who is still battling the condition.

She added: "A cancer diagnosis is a terrible thing but it's not the end of your world, it's just the beginning of a different one world and Maggie's will be with you 100% every step of that way."

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