Trust aims to pamper cancer patients

12th Apr 2016

KIND-HEARTED therapists who are able to volunteer to help cancer patients are being sought after here at SWBH.

The Trust is holding its annual cancer wellbeing day in May, which aims to provide a host of wellbeing therapies, advice and information to hundreds of local people and their carers, who are living with cancer.

Sara Connor, Cancer Survivorship CNS (Cancer Nurse Specialist) in the SWBH Cancer Services team, said: “This is a really great event that aims to offer emotional and practical wellbeing to patients living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. The day gives patients and their carers the opportunity to discover a range of cancer wellbeing services that are locally available, all under one roof!

“The benefit of relaxation and physical therapeutic interventions is effective in promoting positive wellbeing. That’s why the pamper sessions, such as hand and head massages, prove to be so popular. Due to the popularity of the event, we are in need of extra help and we hope we can get local pamper therapists on board to make this event successful.”

The event has become a fixture in the calendar of many local people, and was originally set up as a means of providing extra support in addition to the medical treatment provided to cancer patients and their carers.

This year, the team is seeking experienced therapists who are willing to volunteer their time and expertise to provide pamper sessions to patients and carers. The event will be held at Aston Villa Football Stadium on Saturday 14th May 2016, from 10 am to 3pm.

Tess Thomas and Margaret Moseley who volunteer at Sandwell Hospital’s Courtyard Cancer Information and Support Centre give their time every year to support the event, and they both agree that the best part of the event is receiving positive feedback about the day from patients, they said: “It is always great to hear how much patients appreciate the event. It’s fantastic to see so many smiling faces and people chatting and making new friends, the pamper therapies are one of the biggest attractions so we are really hopeful that we can find some volunteers for this year.”

If you are able to offer your services or would like to find out more about the event, please contact Jenny Donovan or Ian Charles on 0121 507 2618.

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