As part of annual Lavender Touch Week (April 24-30), the charity and The Southern Reporter have joined forces to encourage individuals and businesses throughout the region to get involved by wearing lavender to work next Wednesday, April 27.
It is hoped that this could become an annual fundraiser for the charity which provides complimentary therapies to people with cancer and which aims to raise in excess of £20,000 a year to keep this very worthwhile service going in the Borders.
By wearing lavender on that day and donating £1, this will raise awareness of the Lavender Touch’s presence in the area. The initiative has already been supported by the two largest employers in the region: Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders.
The treatments are not a cure for the disease but help with many of the symptoms such as insomnia, lethargy, nausea, anxiety, muscle aches and pains, amongst others.
The service, run in conjunction with NHS Borders, has become an essential addition to coping with an illness we hear about every day. Patients can be referred for treatments by any health professional in the area, such as the Macmillan nurses and GPs, while the charity will pay for the treatments provided.
Readers who would like to join in or would like further information should contact email@example.com or telephone 07932 174317.
Donations can be made directly using www.justgiving.com/lavendertouch.
Professional photographer Sheila Scott of the Lavender Touch told us: “We would like to photograph as many people who are taking part in this event on Wednesday as possible, so please let us know if your business would like to be involved.”
Photographs will be published in TheSouthern on May 5.
z Meanwhile, Nicola Peddie, a massage therapist based at Ednam, is offering half price treatments during Lavender Touch Week, with 60 per cent of the proceeds going to the charity. To book a treatment, email her on firstname.lastname@example.org