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Christmas Message from The Lavender Touch 2016

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December 2016 marks the end of our 13th year as a charity, for some 13 may signify an unlucky event but for me as I reflect it has been a very fortunate year. It is easy to keep working away and not to take time to look back at all the positives and progress that has been made. 2016 marked our first year as a SCIO (I didn't have a clue what that was either when it was first mentioned but basically is a more robust way of organising ourselves). As I have mentioned in previous blogs if I had known all the new things I would have to learn when starting out this journey with the Lavender Touch, it would have scared me off, but another new experience and all is good (with more than a little help from my fellow trustee Alex).

Last year we launched our new products and this year has really seen sales take off with so many people giving great feedback and of course the profit helping to boost our fundraising. Interestingly the sleepwear we make, which helps those with nighttime drenching, has been available for a few years now and sales didn't take off the same way. However this year they are up almost 50%, note to self …… remember patience. 

Whilst those who are directly involved with the charity work tirelessly to raise funds and do a marvellous job it is always a delight to hear of people across the Scottish Borders supporting us when we know nothing about it, much of this support is anonymous, so if you are reading this and are one of those individuals , thank you for your support no matter how great or small.

As for 2017, who knows, if it is the same as the last 13 it will be an adventure. We have realised that listening to the voice of young people in the region has huge benefits, bringing enthusiasm and a different perspective. Therefore we aim to set up a small group to meet a couple of times a year, if you are under 25 and would like to be involved please get in touch. 

Finally, due to confidentially reasons we do not know who receives treatment from our Lavender Touch therapists, whether you are an individual going through your cancer journey or if you are a family member supporting someone. So, may I take this opportunity to say that the Lavender Touch is here to provide support across the Scottish Borders, please tell others about the help available so we can be there for anyone who needs it.

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2017 

Jan Beattie (chair)

Posted by: Sheila Scott / 23 December 2016 at 12:33 / Comment

Your therapist was a real treat for me

I now donate to The Lavender Touch so another lady can feel special your sleep drops helped me sleep after chemo just thank you for being there

Comment posted by: Julia Milne / 23 December 2016 at 16:53

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