The Lavender Touch

2001
2001-01-01

Initial planning stages

Initial planning stages
Our small group first got together for the initial planning stages of setting up the charity, including putting into place working guidelines, operational protocols, initial service and referral system planning, along with the recruitment of therapists
2003
2003-01-07

2003

2003
After a small pilot scheme of The Lavender Touch was run in the local area, the charity was formed and fundraising began to make the annual £5,000 required to keep our service going. Our co-ordinator Jan Beattie advertised for a small team of therapists in the local area.
2004
2004-01-07

A Touch of the Borders’ cookbook

A Touch of the Borders’ cookbook
‘A Touch of the Borders’ cookbook was launched to help raise funds, and featured chefs from around the region. It was a huge success and raised thousands for the charity.
2010
2010-01-07

Brenda Lambert came aboard

Brenda Lambert came aboard
Therapist Brenda Lambert took over the role of The Lavender Touch co-ordinator.
2012
2012-01-07

Borders General Hospital

Borders General Hospital
The Lavender Touch therapists started providing support to patients within the Renal Unit of the Borders General Hospital.
2012-10-07

‘The Difference’

‘The Difference’
We got involved with ‘The Difference’ – NHS Borders’ official charity – to fundraise for the new Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit at the Borders General Hospital.
2013
2013-01-07

The 10-year anniversary

The 10-year anniversary
The Lavender Touch treatment room was opened within the Margaret Kerr Unit. The 10-year anniversary and launch of a book about The Lavender Touch – ‘Moments in Time’ was written and published by Jan Beattie and Sheila Scott. By then, it was estimated we required £35,000 annually to continue our service in the Scottish Borders.
2013-02-05

Bamboo Touch sleepwear

Bamboo Touch sleepwear
Our Bamboo Touch sleepwear range was launched, having worked closely with patient Pauline Birse, whose design and knowledge allowed us to create this unique product to help with debilitating night drenches. The range is now being used by the Margaret Kerr Unit, and Macmillan nurses within NHS Borders.
2013-09-05

Raised £28,250

Raised £28,250
The Change Foundation dinner and fundraising event for the charity raised a grand total of £28,250.
2014
2014-09-05

Mainetti Jedburgh became an official sponsor

Mainetti Jedburgh became an official sponsor
Mainetti Jedburgh became an official sponsor of the charity by financing a part-time post for two years, in order to help bring more structure to the administration side.
2015
2015-09-05

Our aromatherapy-based product range was launched

Our aromatherapy-based product range was launched
Our aromatherapy-based product range was launched, following three years of development by Angela Secretan and Frances Gordon. We received a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery to help fund this.
2015-10-05

First ever annual winter fundraising event

First ever annual winter fundraising event
We introduced our first ever annual winter fundraising event, in the form of a dinner, dance and auction – now an event to look forward to every year! It was estimated the charity required £75,000 annually to keep our service running.
2016
2016-01-05

The Margaret Kerr Unit began using our therapeutic range

The Margaret Kerr Unit began using our therapeutic range
The Margaret Kerr Unit began using our therapeutic range of products to help those struggling with cancer, and the side effects associated with its treatment, in the Borders.
2017
2017-01-05

National Lottery Grant

National Lottery Grant
A recent £10,000 grant from the National Lottery allowed us to replace our old, donated computer and office equipment at the small unit the charity rents. It was estimated that we required over £75,000 to continue our service in the Scottish Borders.

Natural products developed by clinical aromatherapists, and specially designed to help you or a loved one deal with the side effects of cancer and its treatment.