Local charity want more of a Lavender touch

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The Lavender Touch is once again running its Wear Lavender to Work Day on Friday, March 27, in which people across the region are asked to wear something lavender as a way of showing support for the work of the local cancer charity.

The Lavender Touch raises funds to help support people in the Borders living with cancer, through fundraising also and selling their own products, which have been developed to help people with cancer.

This year, The Lavender Touch are running a special competition asking entrants to get people to sign up to the charity’s new Standing Order Donation Form before the end of March.

The charity needs to raise in excess of £40,000 annually and the standing order donations help a great deal towards this.

The competition prize, generously donated by the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel in St Boswells, is an overnight stay for two people with dinner, bed and breakfast, and the stay will be enjoyed in one of the hotel’s spacious Tower Suites, with majestic views over the River Tweed and the Borders. You will be able to relax in the beautiful countryside, have a swim, a walk around the Abbey, the Wallace Statue or simply relax by a roaring fire in the lounge.

To enter the competition, email admin@lavendertouch.co.uk or telephonne Janice on 01896 208255 for a standing order form. All forms then need to be returned to Unit 1, Craft Centre, Tweedbank, Galashiels, TD1 3RU. The winner will be drawn on Friday, March 27, the Wear Lavender to Work Day.

Speaking to The Southern, charity co-founder and Galashiels photographer Sheila Scott said: “More and more businesses have come on board this year, RBS are going to take it up as well. Every year is a challenge and we’re getting more and more people referred, so we have to raise more and more money.

“That’s why we’ve kicked off the competition.”