South East London parents treated to Pamper Sessions

11 December 2018
Demelza's parent and carer coffee mornings are a place for families to come for a cuppa and a chat, but sometimes a little bit of time out for themselves is just what’s needed. Last week, our Family Support team at our South East London Hospice were able to provide some special pamper sessions for mums thanks to the generosity of beauty therapists Danielle and Josie who volunteered their time and services to give either a soothing massage or a manicure treat.

Carlie, mum to JJ, said: ‘This is my first coffee morning and I’d definitely come back. I’d come in for anything - tea, cake or just a chat. I’ve lost friends who didn’t know what to say when JJ became seriously ill. Here everyone understands; they get it. We’re all facing completely different situations but in the same boat, which makes it so easy to talk to one another.

‘When you’re caring for a child with complex needs, you don’t get time for yourself. I had a massage with Danielle and it was lovely – so relaxing!’

Another mum, Lisandra, relished the rare opportunity to have a massage, telling the group: ‘I’m thinking about my son all the time. When you are always putting your children first you forget how important it is to take time to look after yourself.’

Danielle Butcher, one of the beauticians who kindly gave their time for the mums who came along, told us: ‘I was a bit nervous before I came today, as I thought a hospice would be a really sad and somber place, but it’s not like that at all.’ After our visitors had all had some pampering, Danielle and Josie kindly offered to come back regularly to give parents and carers some precious ‘me time’ and much-needed TLC.