“I love this picture of our volunteer Christie having a rare but well deserved peaceful moment as she experiences a gentle massage by Champneys therapist Helen, at Champneys Spa Henlow. I thought it was just right to share this during #VoulinteersWeek.
Christie has been helping us with our Hair Loss Friendly Spa campaign aimed at helping spa’s to offer nurturing support to women with hair loss. Champneys Spa’s have supported the initiative since it started and are the first spa in the world to offer a Hair Loss Friendly service.
“At Champneys and other spa’s who are welcoming the Hair Loss Friendly Spa ethos us ladies who are hair free can relax knowing that we are in the hands of therapists trained to support us. Putting my wig on a stand and caring what oils to use on my bare scalp makes all the difference. I even fell asleep - what a treat” Christie - Cancer Hair Care Volunteer and Ambassador.
Over the last year we have been working with Champneys, spa trainers such as the Made For Life Foundation and spa’s across the UK, to help break down barriers to women with hair loss. We have produced a free training video that any therapist can watch and discover dignity ideas for the spa environment.
Our Cancer Hair Care training means that a Hair Loss Friendly therapists is available at each Champneys spa resort. They are now able to provide scalp care guidance to guests as well thoughtful touches such as wig stands and head scarves. The aim is to help women who are undergoing cancer treatment to feel welcomed and nurtured during and following their spa visit.
Cancer Hair Care and the ‘Hair Loss Friendly’ campaign is being supported by Mrs Dorothy Purdew OBE, Champneys co-owner and chairperson, who says, “Champneys is delighted to be working with Cancer Hair Care. When I discovered this fantastic charity I realised how important their unique approach to supporting women during hair loss due to cancer treatment is, and I was inspired to support them. I really hope that other spa groups will also join in.”
Thank you to Christie, Helen all the Champneys team, Made For Life Foundation and my mentor and wonderful supporter of Cancer Hair Care, Mrs Dorothy Purdew OBE, Champneys co-owner and chairperson.
Each and everyone of you volunteer your time to support others.
With kind wishes and respect”