Following my qualification as a massage therapist and reflexologist I decided to work with people who had life-limiting conditions, and their carers, as I felt this was a neglected area.
I completed an inspiring course at St. Wilfred's Hospice, adapting therapies for people with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses. Through the tutors I learned that Macmillan (now Midhurst Palliative Care) was looking for volunteer therapists at their unit based in the King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst. Brilliant! Probably as close as I would get to where I lived!
Following my application, I was invited to shadow an established therapist as she worked and also offered treatments to staff so that my abilities could be assessed.
Nerve racking at first but I was soon able to offer gentle adapted massage and reflexology to the patients. Both they and I loved the experience. I decided to stay for as long as the charity would have me - and 15 years later I'm still here.
I'm still loving every minute of meeting new people and offering relaxing treatments to patients in their own homes - so saving them the stress of travelling to appointments.
I am very proud to be a volunteer and to be associated with such an outstanding organisation.
Boo Varkala MAR – Complementary Therapy Volunteer