It was the caring ethos of Maggie’s Centres and the chance to spend more time helping people with cancer and those around them which prompted Alison Haddow to apply for the job as the new centre head in Fife.
And a month into her new post, Alison (49), who lives in Dundee, says it has been a “great” move.
I already know from the feedback that the centre does a tremendous jobAlison Haddow
She took over from Elspeth Salter who retired at Christmas.
“Everyone has been really welcoming and helped me to settle in quickly into my new post,” said Alison, a former senior research nurse with Cancer Research UK, who was based at Dundee University.
“I am still getting round and meeting lots of people, including the medical staff at the hospital, centre visitors and volunteers, which will take some time.
“But I already know from the feedback that the centre does a tremendous job, and I have no plans to change the way things are done here at all.”
In her previous job, Alison did some work in the Dundee Maggie’s Centre and saw first-hand the work it does.
“Centre staff have the time to sit and talk to people and explore what they are going through, which the clinicians just don’t have.
“I hope I will be able to put into practice some of the research work I have done to help develop the programmes within the centre and see how the work I have done can influence the support on offer.
“The staff and volunteers here do a brilliant job and it is obvious we couldn’t function without them.
“I am really happy to be joining the Maggie’s family, because that is what it feels like – one big family.
“You see people coming here when they feel down and when they are feeling good, and it’s great that they can use it for whatever they are going through, knowing they will be supported by others going through the same thing.”