Ther­a­pist’s handy work for hospice

Laura’s free pam­per­ing ses­sions at Kil­bryde fa­cil­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

A car­ing Burn­side beauty ther­a­pist is help­ing can­cer pa­tients to un­wind and put their trou­bles aside by of­fer­ing them free pam­per­ing ses­sions.

Laura Porter, a ther­a­pist in the longestab­lished No. 1 Nails and Beauty in Stonelaw Road, do­nates her time both in the salon and at Kil­bryde Hospice to help give peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer the pick-meup they need to make a dif­fer­ence to their sense of well­be­ing.

Ini­tially, Laura of­fered a free fa­cial or mas­sage to peo­ple who have been di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

But when it be­came clear that those ses­sions may be un­suit­able for some peo­ple un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy treat­ment, Laura ex­tended her of­fer­ing to in­clude a nail file, shape and pol­ish.

Laura was in­spired to be­gin of­fer­ing the com­pli­men­tary ser­vice af­ter a stint of vol­un­teer­ing over the fes­tive pe­riod a cou­ple of years ago,

“I wanted to use my skills to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity,” said kind-hearted Laura.

“I also vol­un­teer two and a half days a month at Kil­bryde Hospice. Some­times I look for­ward to it more than my nor­mal work­ing day. It takes me away from my nor­mal work­ing en­vi­ron­ment. It is a bril­liant place to be. I of­fer fa­cials and mas­sage and the men like to get their toes done.”

At No. 1 Nails and Beauty last week was Cam­bus­lang mum Lor­raine Trainer, one of four women who cur­rently reg­u­larly at­tend the free clin­ics.

Lor­raine, who was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in Fe­bru­ary, has been go­ing monthly to the salon for a com­pli­men­tary man­i­cure and pol­ish since a friend alerted her to Laura’s can­cer clinic Face­book page last May.

“When you have no hair or eye lashes, it is great to get your nails done,” said Lor­raine, 46. It boosts your con­fi­dence and makes you feel a bit bet­ter. It re­ally picks you up a bit.”

An­other lo­cal woman who was in the salon last week for a com­pli­men­tary nail pam­per­ing ses­sion was Karen (not her real name), of Half­way. Her name has been changed to pro­tect some fam­ily mem­bers who do not know that she has can­cer.

When a friend told her about the clinic, she mes­saged Laura and got an ap­point­ment.

“I come near enough every month if it does not clash with hos­pi­tal or doc­tor’s ap­point­ments,” ex­plained 33-year-old Karen, who was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer just two days af­ter Christ­mas 2017.

She has had surgery, then chemo­ther­apy and is cur­rently on chemo tablets.

“Laura is so wel­com­ing and friendly,” said Karen.

“At first, it was just some­thing to get me out of the house and out my bed. I didn’t want to get up and go any­where. Com­ing here makes you feel bet­ter when you are feel­ing at your worst.

“I think it is amaz­ing that Laura is do­ing this. She re­ally does have a heart of gold.”

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Me time Lor­raine Trainer is pam­pered by Laura Porter

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