Mainetti cash helps Lavender Touch fund new staff posts

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Thanks to the generous support of Jedburgh firm Mainetti, the Lavender Touch has been able to create two part-time posts for a two-year period.

The posts will allow the charity to bring in more structure to the administration side of the work it does and to ease the volunteers’ workload.

The charity’s secretary, Sheila Scott, told us: “The Lavender Touch is Mainetti’s supported charity for 2014 and this donation from them will allow us to provide a more organised service to the public, our supporters, committee and NHS Borders, which we work closely with.

“As the Lavender Touch service has grown over the last 11 years, so has the workload for the committee who are all volunteers. The last two years in particular have seen an increase in the demands for the service we provide. We fund the work of 13 Lavender Touch therapists, working throughout the Borders, whilst also maintaining a weekly service within the Renal Unit and the Margaret Kerr Unit.”

With a small office within Unit 1 of the Craft Centre at Tweedbank, Janice Duff will now be responsible for administration, enquiries and telephone calls to the charity’s first dedicated telephone line/answering machine.

For the last 38 years Janice has worked with Lothian and Borders Police (now Police Scotland), where she was the divisional adminstration officer. Pauline Birse, a previous recipient of Lavender Touch treatments, will work with the charity part time to further product development and distribution.

Pauling has a background in textiles and as a result of a side effect of her own cancer, she has been responsible for the design and production of a new Lavender Touch sleepwear range being sold for people with cancer and other diseases who suffer from terrible drenching night sweats.

These have proved extremely beneficial and are being used within NHS Borders, throughout the UK and further afield.

Mainetti’s Jim Hutchison said: “Mainetti are delighted to be supporting the Lavender Touch charity. We found out that the administration side of things needed revamped and supported. As this is a Borders charity we are pleased that the money we are donating is staying in the Borders to help local people. We take our company social responsibility very seriously, and we are always keen to do as much as we can locally. This is a very worthwhile cause, helping many people living with cancer.

To contact the Lavender Touch, call 01896 208255, or email Janice Duff at, or visit