Work is under way on a centre that will transform the lives of cancer sufferers and their families.
The Maggie’s Forth Valley facility is being constructed next to Larbert Loch on the Forth Valley Royal Hospital campus.
It is being built by Dunne Building and Engineering thanks to a £3 million donation from charity Walk the Walk.
Sharon O’Loan, Maggie’s fundraising director, said: “This centre will be life-changing.
“Once built, people will love and cherish it.”
Every year 1900 people in Forth Valley are diagnosed with cancer but from 2016 they will have a valuable new support service.
The Maggie’s Centre now under construction will provide a place where patients and their families can get information and advice on everything from nutrition to art therapy and stress management to benefits guidance.
It will be the eighth centre in Scotland and the 18th worldwide.
Speaking at Monday’s ground breaking ceremony, Laura Lee, Maggie’s chief executive, said: “It is really important that everyone has come together for this centre.
“Despite how cancer impacts on all our lives, this should be a day of celebration.”
Although built in an idyllic location in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, it will be far removed from the clinical hospital setting.
The centre has been designed by NORD Architecture. Senior architect Brian McGinlay said it was inspired by the setting and Falkirk’s industrial heritage.
It will be built by Dunne Building and Engineering, whose chief executive Gordon Dunne lives in the Falkirk area.
The £3 million of funding to build and set up the centre was provided by the charity Walk the Walk, using cash raised from its annual Edinburgh MoonWalk, where women – and men – take to the streets of the capital in brightly decorated bras.
To get involved with fundraising, visit www.maggiescentres.org/our-centres/maggies-forthvalley.
If you are thinking of taking part in the Edinburgh MoonWalk on June 13, visit www.walkthewalk.org/moonwalkscotland.