New book marks 10 years of cancer care

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To mark this year’s 10th anniversary of The Lavender Touch cancer charity, a special book has been compiled recording its first decade.

Entitled, Moments in Life; The Lavender Touch, it has been written by founders Jan Beattie and Sheila Scott, with a foreword by Dr Paul Cormie.

Priced £9.99, the glossy publication covers the various stages of the last decade, highlighting the personal stories of Sheila and Jan; the charity’s founding; the early years; the popular cookbook project; aromatherapy and oils; progression of the service; the future and reflections.

Sheila, the charity’s secretary, told The Southern this week: “Jan and I have worked very closely as chairman and secretary, becoming great friends as a result, in what has been quite an emotional journey over 10 years of running the charity.

“We both have had a number of friends who have been diagnosed with cancer over that time. We remain extremely passionate about what we do, despite the work at times taking over our lives.

“As we’re frequently asked, ‘how and when did the charity start’, ‘where did the money come from’, and ‘what do you do’, a book seemed like a good idea to provide the answers.

“We worked most of the summer and autumn on putting it together and it is our own personal contribution and reflections on 10 years.

“We both feel The Lavender Touch would not be where it is now without a number of ‘moments’, fate or coincidences, depending on how people view these things, and this, too, influenced us to write it.”

The book will be available from various outlets in the Borders, or copies can be ordered via phone from Sheila on 07932 174317 or Jan on 07866 449331. The book will also be available to buy at a craft fair in the Lauderdale Hotel, Lauder, this coming Sunday, and which is in aid of The Lavender Touch.

z The Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lothian and Berwickshire, presented a cheque for £3,500 to the charity at an event on Saturday in Dunbar. Eleven local lodges took part.

The sum included money raised by Lauder man, Jim Archibald, who along with his friend Jim Spence, walked the Ayrshire Coastal Path in September to raise money.