George says being asked to build a Maggie’s Centre is like ‘winning an Oscar’
George is passionate about architecture and passionate about people, two things that he shares with cancer charity Maggie’s. Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Great design and architecture is vital to the care Maggie’s offers so they work with world-renowned architects like Sir Richard Rogers, Dame Zaha Hadid and Lord Norman Foster, who give their time for little or nothing. Their skills deliver the calm, uplifting environments so important to the people who visit and work in the Centres. George feels that buildings should make you feel positive and passionate and that’s why Maggie’s Centres are so special, in George’s opinion being asked to build a Maggie’s Centre is like ‘winning an Oscar’ for an architect.
George has his own personal experience of the difficulties a cancer diagnosis brings and a very personal connection to Maggie’s through his brother-in-law Swiggy Drummond, who used the Maggie’s West London Centre when he was undergoing treatment for a brain tumour. George helped promote and walked the Maggie’s annual Culture Crawl in 2014, where walkers are taken on a 15 mile cultural tour of London through the night in partnership with Open House London (there are also Culture Crawl events now across the country). George also supported the opening of the Maggie’s Centre in Newcastle at the Freeman Hospital.