SOS Massage - Complementary therapist needed to help cancer patients
12 February 2017
The Southend Macmillan Information & Support Centre at Southend University Hospital has helped over 25,000 people since it opened its doors almost three years ago.
It is now seeking the help of volunteer complementary therapists
to deliver massage therapy to cancer patients at the centre for as
little as three hours a week.
Nicola Russell, Deputy Macmillan Information Manager, said: "We
have been offering complementary therapy for over a year, which is
hugely beneficial to patients and carers. Over 50 have already
benefitted from a course of complementary therapy here at the
Macmillan Information & Support Centre."
Complementary therapy covers a wide range of practices used
alongside conventional treatments for illnesses including cancer.
They can help some people cope with the symptoms of disease and its
treatment, aid relaxation and reduce tension and anxiety.
Nicola added: "Complementary therapy doesn't cure cancer but our
patients use it to boost their physical or emotional health, or to
relieve symptoms or side effects of their treatments. They get
an awful lot of benefit from the therapy at an emotionally and
mentally draining time in their lives. It helps give them a real
boost when they need it the most.
"Since our therapeutic massage therapist left we have a growing
waiting list of those wanting this therapy so we are very keen to
recruit a new therapist."
Sheona Siewertsen, Macmillan Partnership Manager for Essex,
said: "Every day 22 people in our county hear the devastating news
that they have cancer. At Macmillan, we believe no one should face
cancer alone. The passionate staff and volunteers at the centre
work hard to make sure no-one in the community has to."
If you are qualified complementary therapist, think you could
help and are able to offer three hours or more a week please
contact the Southend Macmillan Information & Support Centre on
01702 385101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicola concluded: "You could make a real difference to lives of
people affected by cancer here in Southend."