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Aromatherapist with Sue Ryder, 2013

My first clinical experience in offering complementary therapies within Cancer Care was as an Aromatherapist for Sue Ryder, in their Charles Clore Day Hospice.

The Charles Clore Day Hospice is a day therapy unit based at the West Berkshire Community Hospital which specialises in caring for and supporting patients with life-threatening illnesses, and their families. These include cancer and complex neurological disorders. They offer support and advice to patients who have:

*a serious and progressive illness and are having problems coping either physically or emotionally,
*complex family problems as a result of illness,
*are recovering from treatments.

I was offering aromatherapy hand massage for the day care groups and ran an outpatient clinic. On occasion I was able to offer therapy to clients that were having an inpatient stay. I especially enjoyed working on the wards as I felt the therapeutic touch and smell from the essential oils gave such comfort and relief. I could see people visibly relaxing and perhaps even drop off to sleep for a short while.


My position was funded by The Newbury District Cancer Care Trust a fabulous charity offering a range of support for people and their families with life limiting illnesses.

I found the work incredibly rewarding and loved being part of caring team looking after some very inspiring people. I really enjoyed offering aromatherapy massage for the family and carers of clients and felt honoured to be allowed a small snap shot into their lives. The memories live on of those I met and for those no longer with us, may they rest in peace.

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