Hospice re­pays choir cou­ple with ther­a­pies

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A CAR­ING cou­ple are back­ing an ap­peal for vol­un­teer ther­a­pists to sup­port a hospice.

Mar­garet and Ralph Ash­ling, from Poyn­ton, spent 15 years help­ing St Ann’s Hospice as mem­bers of the Fes­ti­val Choir.

But Mar­garet had to give up her place when she started to strug­gle with lung prob­lems and lost her singing voice.

Now St Ann’s has helped the great­grand­par­ents through com­ple­men­tary ther­apy ses­sions.

A course of re­flex­ol­ogy has made a huge im­prove­ment in Mar­garet’s con­di­tion. Mean­while Ralph, who was also a vol­un­teer am­bas­sador for the char­ity for the last 10 years, has ben­e­fited from Reiki treat­ment.

Mar­garet said: “The ther­apy has played a big part in my re­cov­ery and has done me the power of good.

“I’d also like to say thankyou for the sup­port and treat­ment from my GP and Wythen­shawe Hos­pi­tal. We were treated at the Neil Cliffe Cen­tre which is a lit­tle haven in the middle of a very busy hos­pi­tal.”

St Ann’s is look­ing for qual­i­fied com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pists to vol­un­teer their ser­vices to work with pa­tients and their fam­i­lies due to a grow­ing de­mand.

St Ann’s pro­vides around 150 com­ple­men­tary ther­apy ses­sions a week at its three sites at Heald Green, Lit­tle Hulton and the Neil Cliffe Cen­tre, based at the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal of South Manch­ester, as well as in pa­tients’ homes.

Ralph said: “We were go­ing through a rough time with Mar­garet’s health and the ther­a­pies have given us both the con­fi­dence to move for­ward.

“I know from my am­bas­sador role just how much St Ann’s re­lies on vol­un­teers so any help from ther­a­pists would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

He­len Mur­phy, com­ple­men­tary ther­apy co-or­di­na­tor at St Ann’s Hospice, said: “Mar­garet and Ralph are a great ex­am­ple of the ben­e­fit of com­ple­men­tary ther­apy.

“We’d be de­lighted to hear from com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pists with a Level 2 or Level 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tion who can vol­un­teer for us for two or three hours a week on a fairly reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“We’re look­ing for ther­a­pists who of­fer acupunc­ture, mas­sage, aro­mather­apy, yoga, Reiki and re­flex­ol­ogy.

“Ad­di­tional train­ing and guid­ance will be pro­vided.”

To find out more, con­tact Vic­to­ria En­twistle at the hospice on 0161 291 2913 or email ven­twistle@ sah.org.uk.

●● Mary Fer­rell with An­drew Power, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Age Ac­tive

●● Ralph and Mar­garet Ash­ling

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