Hospice repays choir couple with therapies
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