Latest Arnold Clark Grant Supports Complementary Therapies

Car dealers Arnold Clark have recently made a very welcome donation to support complementary therapies at Willow Wood. The grant, made through the Arnold Clark Community Fund, will help the Hospice to continue to provide this support to both patients and their carers.

Sharon Herod, one of the qualified complementary therapists currently volunteering said “At the moment, we offer Reiki and Reflexology treatments as part of our holistic approach to care and our patients, whether in our Inpatient Unit or users of our Day Services, find these to be of real benefit.

“The treatments aid relaxation and balance, and can help with physical and emotional symptoms as well as pain and anxiety. They really do help relieve stress and can improve quality of life. It is so good to see the difference the treatments can make both to the patient themselves and to their carers and loved ones.”

The £500 donation was used to purchase a range of items, including a specially designed reflexology stool, new pillows, towels, essential oils, reflexology wax and, to enhance the ambience in the treatment rooms, a CD player, scented reed diffusers and a lovely pre-lit blossom tree. As Sharon said, “I’m often told that our rooms, which all have a lovely full wall mural, are like those at a spa and that’s the experience we want to replicate. Our treatments give people such a boost, it’s wonderful to realise how we can help.”

Like all Willow Wood’s care, the complementary therapies are free of charge. Mark Llewellin, vice-chair of the Board of Trustees said, “We are very grateful to the Arnold Clark Community Fund for this grant which will enable us to extend the treatment packages we offer, and are looking to bring back aromatherapy and massage over the next few months. Our stocks of essential oils, carrier oils and reflexology waxes had all passed their use by dates following lockdown and the £500 meant we were able not only to replace these but purchase other equipment too which will directly benefit our patients.”

If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, including COPD, cancer, neurological conditions such as Multiple Scleroses or Parkinson’s Disease, Willow Wood may be able to help you. Day services can be accessed without the need for a medical referral, just ring 0161 330 1100 and ask for the START Clinic who will arrange an assessment.

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