Call to therapists to volunteer for Bradford Marie Curie Hospice (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Call to therapists to volunteer for Bradford Marie Curie Hospice
A Bradford hospice is appealing for trained complementary therapists and beauticians to give up some of their time and help patients and their carers.
The Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford provides expert care and the best possible quality of life for people with terminal illnesses and support for their families for free.
The hospice offers a range of services for patients and families including in-patient care, complimentary therapies, bereavement and spiritual support.
It relies on the services of volunteers to help it deliver these services and is now looking for complementary therapists trained in reflexology, Reiki, massage and aromatherapy, as well as beauticians.
Denise Shaw, 52, of Wilsden, has been volunteering at the hospice for nine years following the death of her brother.
Mrs Shaw is a Reiki master and volunteers one day a week looking after patients and family members as well as people referred to the hospice as an out-patient.
She said: “I lost my brother and mum to cancer. They were both cared for by Marie Curie Bradford hospice. My brother was cared for on the in-patient unit and my mum, who died three years ago, came to day therapy.
“I have seen the amazing care given by Marie Curie from two angles – as a volunteer and also as a carer.”
One patient, Roland Bell, 63, of Wyke, said: “I used to be cynical about complementary therapies but after one treatment from Denise I was convinced of the benefits.
“The main thing is relaxation during and after the treatment. I feel so relaxed and refreshed, the benefits last afterwards and Denise has taught me some techniques that help me cope with the pain I get.”
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Jean Gordon, nurse manager day therapy for more information on (01274) 337000 or e-mail jean.gordon@marie curie.org.uk.
To find out more about the hospice visit mariecurie.org.uk/bradford.