The funds to start the Lavender Touch Service initially came about as a result of 12 local tradesmen from Lauder posing for a calendar back in 2000. This calendar, the brainchild of two local fundraisers, Heather Runciman and Sheila Scott, generated around £10,000.
A steering group comprising of Jan Beattie, Angela Secretan, the two fundraisers and other health professionals was set up to make use of the money raised and take a unique idea of a complementary therapy service forward.
As a result The Lavender Touch was started in 2003 Since then over 2000 families affected by cancer in the Scottish Borders have been supported by the service. Jan and Sheila still continue as Chair and Administration Lead respectively, many years on,but work alongside Alex Moffat as Finance/Fundraising Lead, and Malcolm Webster as Product and Development Lead. Their work is helped by some willing volunteers.
The Lavender Touch now have to raise in excess of £50,000 a year to keep the service going.
The Lavender Touch does fundraising in many ways, through partnerships with local supermarkets , Rugby clubs, Rotary clubs, local high schools, Gala Operatic Society, Masonic Lodges, Heriot Watt University, Borders College to name but a few. We have had people run Marathons for us, had sponsored walks, horse rides, sponsored swims, plant sales, craft fairs and the wee boy who donated his pocket money!
Our cookery book 'Touch of the Borders' was a complete sell out and with the money raised this helped run the service for more than a year.
One touching fundraiser was when schoolchildren at Earlston High School along with teacher Jeff Thomson composed a song for us as part of their course work.
Over the last few years we have put a great deal of work into developing new products for those with cancer. These are now selling to the public and the National Health Service in Scotland. Purchases can also be made through our website Shop
We encourage people to become involved to help create the next chapter in the history of the charity and service.