Family’s £5000 to help massage service

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A FAMILY have donated more than £5000 to the complimentary therapy service at the Western General Hospital.

The Thomson family, of Tranent, East Lothian, raised the cash through a series of events including a racing pigeon auction and a community raffle which saw prizes donated by local businesses. They decided to begin fundraising after family member Ena was diagnosed with cancer and began her treatment at the hospital.

The complimentary therapy service includes massages – which are carried out alongside medical treatments – and are provided by qualified 

Patients can be offered hand, foot, shoulder, head and neck massages and reflexology. The service relies entirely on charitable funding.

The £5106 donation was given to ward one at the ­Western, also known as the Macmillan day treatment centre, where cancer patients are given chemotherapy and other support treatments.