Linklaters helps Maggie’s to grow

Chelsea Flower Show entry to provide charity with lasting legacy

Linklaters, the global law firm, is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring a garden for Maggie’s cancer charity to be featured in next year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Designed by Chelsea gold winning designer, Darren Hawkes, this will be the first large garden to be sponsored by a law firm at the show.

Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friend at its network of Centres built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals. A new Maggie’s Centre is currently being built close to Linklaters’ London offices at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital where large elements of the Chelsea Garden will be moved and incorporated into the grounds of the new building. In this way the garden will provide a lasting legacy for the charity once the show comes to an end. 

The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then Maggie’s has continued to grow, with there now being 19 Centres across the UK and abroad as well as an online Centre. Great design and architecture are central to the care that Maggie’s provides and this has involved the work of great architects such as Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster. The gardens are also renowned, involving leading designers such as Dan Pearson and Cleve West. The charity’s patron is the Duchess of Cornwall.

Linklaters partnership with Maggie’s on the Chelsea garden reflects its values of teamwork, innovation, imagination and education. In addition the garden design itself incorporates ideas and ideals shared by both partners. More details of the garden design will be released nearer to the Chelsea Flower Show.

Maggie’s CEO Laura Lee said:

“We are so pleased to be partnering with Linklaters and Darren Hawkes on the Maggie’s Chelsea Garden and thank them for their support. At Maggie’s we carefully consider the outdoor spaces, gardens and views at our Centres and know that our staff and visitors alike feel that the gardens contribute to the overall healing environment. Each Centre garden is carefully created to be a welcoming extension of the inside space so it is also fantastic that the plants from this garden will go to creating the garden at our new Centre at Barts.”

Nicola Rabson, partner at Linklaters, said:

“The importance of the supportive environment that Maggie’s centres provide cannot be overstated at a time when up to 80 people a day receive a cancer diagnosis. The garden at Chelsea reflects the importance of design in providing these environments and we are delighted to be involved in this and partnering with such a worthwhile charity. What really excites me about the project is the lasting legacy and pleasure that the garden will provide at the new centre at Barts Hospital.”

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About Linklaters

Linklaters LLP is a leading global law firm, supporting clients in achieving their strategies wherever they do business. We use our expertise and resources to help clients pursue opportunities and manage risk across emerging and developed markets around the world. Linklaters provides market leading advice on public takeovers, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, disposal and contentious advice. Our clients are drawn from a broad base including the FTSE 100, Fortune 500, DAX 30, CAC 40 corporates, private equity houses, investment banks and governments.

About Maggie’s

  • Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996. There are now 19 Centres across the UK abroad, with more planned for the future. There is also an online Centre for additional support.
  • Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support. The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends.
  • 2016 marks Maggie’s 20th anniversary
  • Maggie’s President is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

About Darren Hawkes

Darren Hawkes is an award winning garden designer based on the South Cornish Coast. His designs have a balanced and harmonious feel, with a strong emphasis on the blending of surfaces and materials and loose feel to planting.  Darren has previously won a Gold medal at Chelsea in 2015 for Brewin Dolphin and a Sliver Gilt in 2013 for Coutts.  Darren designs both large and small-scale gardens throughout the South West and London. He is currently designing the garden for the new Maggie’s center at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, due to open in 2017.