Margo Cornish - Charity Campaigner & Producer of Maggie's on ther Runway
Since 2013 Margo who is founder of the Runway on the Runway Project has raised over £375K for charities in the North West including Teenage Cancer Trust for which she is also a local ambassador. Here she describes why she wanted to get involved in Maggie's in Manchester.
"When I left Scotland in 2002, my last job was at North Glasgow University Hospitals where the Maggie's Centre at the Beatson Oncology Unit had just opened and it's impact had been nothing short of significant. When I learned that there was nothing similar for patients at the Christie, I was flabbergasted but equally delighted to learn that one was now being built. I set up Runway on the Runway in 2013 to raise awareness of teenage cancer and I am delighted in what we have already achieved here in the North West. I am now ready to use the experience I have gained to support Maggie's in Manchester. As well as raising money to support an incredible service, I am looking forward to working with our models and sponsors to create a powerful charity event that engages the whole of Manchester surpassing anything ever seen on the charity event calendar"
Margo was the recent recipient of an Enterprise Vision Award for her outstanding contribution award for her work with Maggie’s Manchester and Teenage Cancer Trust as well as an award for best charity event of the year presented at the North West Charity Awards for our sister event Runway on the Runway in 2017.
Margo also helps young girls going through cancer treatment by organising makeovers via the Cinderella Project.
Jim Martin joined the Board of Maggie's in May 2015 and is also the Chair of the Manchester Development Board where he played a key role in a successful fundraising campaign for Maggie's at The Christie and Maggie's Oldham. Jim was CEO for N Brown Group for eighteen years and retired in 2002 when he became non-executive Deputy Chairman until 2005. During the last fifteen years, Jim has been non-executive Chairman for several private and listed companies in a range of sectors. Jim was also on the Board of the Christie Hospital for six years stepping down in 2011 and prior to that he acted as the Chairman of the Christie charity, one of the most successful charities in the UK.
"Margo Cornish is a force to be reckoned with and I know that, along with her talented team of volunteers, she will create a memorable and 'not to be missed' event on 11th June at Manchester Airport. It will make a huge difference not only to cancer patients in the area but also to all the models who will take part in this amazing experience."
Vanda Murray OBE joined Maggie's Development Board in 2015 and has supported Jim Martin and the team in the successfulfundraising campaign for the Maggie's Centres in Greater Manchester.
She was previously CEO of Blick plc, a FTSE quoted support services Group, where she doubled the capitalisation proir to its sale to The Stanley Works Inc. From 2004- 2006, she led a successful turnaround at Ultraframe plc. She was also Deputy Chair of the North West Development Agency and Chair of Business Link NW.
Vanda now served as a Non- Executive Director on a number of Boards, including Bunzl plc, The Manchester Airports Group and Fenner plc, where she is Senior Independent Director. She is also Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors at Manchester Metropolitan University and serves on the Board of the Manchester Growth Company.
"I am thrilled to be working on this event with Margo and the team. Margo has adapted a highly successful format and made it unique for Maggie's. It will be a night to remember forever and will touch the lives of many people on many levels."
Carolyn Mellor is the Managing Director of homes4u, Manchester and Altrincham based Estate, Letting and Property Management Agent. At 21, Carolyn was the youngest buyer for a privately owned department store in Belfast. Then in the mid-80’s, opened and managed the first Dorothy Perkins store in Northern Ireland, in Belfast and was responsible for identifying sites and opening another 10 stores across Northern Ireland. Her passion for a concept such as homes4u began to develop during my 20 years in retail. Carolyn realised focusing on customer care was the only way to make a difference, to stand out from the crowd and this led to the relaxed life-style environment that homes4u offers today. Carolyn has been on the Maggie’s Manchester Development board since 2015 and has been actively involved in fundraising events for the charities newest centre at The Christie Hospital in Withington.
‘homes4u are pleased to be supporting as sponsors, Maggie’s on The Runway, Fashion show and Gala Ball. The event is the first planned to help raise funds for the new Maggie’s Centre in Withington, funds which will ensure the centre is able to provide much needed services.
Margo has been working incredibly hard to ensure the event goes off with a bang and it has been a pleasure to work alongside her and the rest of the team of volunteers. So many people have given so much of their own time and energy in order to make the day a success. It has been a huge amount of fun and hard work. I am really looking forward to the event and hope you all enjoy the show.’
Janine Watson graduated from the University of Manchester and has spent 30 years working in media, communications and events in Manchester. She was political editor of the Liverpool Echo during the 1980's, and the most senior communications expert for the city of Manchester from 1999 to 2008, delivering the Commonwealth Games, the 2003 UEFA Champions League Cup Final at Old Trafford and helping set up the International Festival. She now chairs the Alumni Association of Manchester University which now reaches more than 300,000 alumni all over the world. Janine was born in Scotland and has direct family experience of the Maggie's centres north of the border.
"I know the Maggie's centres provide an oasis of calm and support when families are in turbulent times, on their worrying journey learning how to deal with cancer and the challenges that brings. My family and friends in Scotland have been so impressed by the help they have received from Maggie's and I was delighted to hear that a Maggie's being planned for The Christie. We have a great team in place to spread the word far and wide, and Margo's expertise will ensure this is a night not to be missed. It'll be a great night to have fun and at the same time support such a good cause."
Fundraising Manager for Maggie's Jemma Halman has 13 years of fundraising management experience in the North west. Having joined the charity in October 2015, she is excited about the support already being offered for the new centre and generating the additional support that will be needed to fund the predicted future running costs of around £1 million per year.
"Maggie's on the Runway will be the most fabulous way to celebrate the opening of this incredibly special service. Maggie's Centres are warm welcoming places, places to find answers to questions, places to meet people who understand what you are going through and places to find hope and strength. We expect to receive around 60,000 visits in our first year in Manchester so we will need all the support we can get to fund this. The Maggie's on the Runway event promises to make a huge contribution to this special service, making a real difference to the lives of people living with cancer and their friends and families. Margo is sure to put on an incredible event, an event full of fun, entertainment and inspiration."