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Former nurse welcomes Michelle Obama to London cancer centre

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Michelle Obama yesterday met with former nurse Laura Lee, chief executive of the charity Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

The US ‘first lady’ was visiting the centre for cancer patients in London with its patron, Sarah Brown, to help celebrate its first birthday.

The charity run centres offer pleasant environment for anyone suffering with cancer so they can get information, practical advice and emotional support.

Ms Obama chatted with patients and joined a make-up session for women with cancer.

Ms Lee used to be an NHS nurse, but after caring for co-founder Maggie Keswick Jencks, she left the health service to run the charity.

She said: ‘We were delighted to host Michelle Obama here at Maggie’s London on the first year anniversary of the Centre. The warmth and patience she showed and the time she took to engage with everyone was greatly appreciated.   I am grateful to our patron Sarah Brown for her continued commitment to Maggie’s over many years.   We are thrilled she brought Michelle Obama to Maggie’s for this special visit.’

Ms Obama said: ‘I was delighted to be invited by Sarah Brown to help wish Maggie’s a happy first birthday in London, community jewels like this centre should always be celebrated. I was impressed with the Centre’s warm and caring environment and enjoyed meeting the people who work and get services here.’

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