Friday, 11 April 2014

A peaceful package of pampering treats gave carers an opportunity to relax, reflect and unwind in the Peace Hospice's Starlight Centre.

The tranquil afternoon was enjoyed by more than 15 carers who had taken time out to try a variety of complementary and beauty therapies that were on offer throughout the afternoon.

Reflexology, Indian head massage, body  massage  and  a nail makeover were popular treats that made a difference to the carers. Lemon drizzle cake  and tea topped up the  feel good factor.

'This has been such a lovely afternoon,' said Karen Worland from South Oxhey who attended with her mother Jean Reeves.'I really needed a moment just for me'. 

Karen explained her husband Richard had been diagnosed with cancer six years ago and had encouraged her to go along and get pampered.

'He is in the hospice inpatient unit right now,' she said. 'He is getting looked after and I am also here getting a bit of pampering. We have two young children  Jake, 7 and Daniel 5 and I have not had a moment for me. This pampering plus a slice of cake has been great for my mum and for me.  Everyone here is so lovely and caring.  It means such a lot'.

Linda Widdowson, from Rickmansworth was also taking the opportunity to get pampered and was eagerly showing off her nails to her husband Brian, a patient at Peace Hospice Care.

'Beautiful nails,' remarked Brian smiling. 'She deserves a bit of looking after as she has really been looking after me,' he added.  

The Pampering for Carers afternoon will be repeated in June during Carers Week. Peace Hospice Care Senior Social Worker Doreen Pattenson said, 'It is important that carers have the time to sit, reflect and be looked after. This afternoon takes care of the carer. Our complementary therapists and volunteers have made such a difference to the carers today'.

To find out further details on the Pampering afternoon for Carers in June call Supportive Services on 01923 330330 or email us