Mid Ulster Cars provide funding for complementary therapy at Macmillan Unit, Antrim

Mid Ulster Cars was delighted to present The Macmillan Unit at Antrim Area Hospital with a cheque for £1500 to fund additional complementary therapy at the unit.

The funding has been provided through the Toyota Fund for a Better Tomorrow which provides grants to Toyota Centres’ to support community initiatives.

The Macmillan Unit at Antrim Area Hospital provides specialist palliative care beds within the NHS in Northern Ireland and is an essential service for people living with advanced, progressive and incurable conditions and provides support to their families.

At present, the Macmillan Unit has a small group of volunteers trained to provide complementary therapy. These qualified therapists offer reflexology and aromatherapy and massage to both patients and carers in the Macmillan Unit. Complementary therapy can help people cope with the symptoms of the disease and its treatments, aid relaxation and reduce tension and anxiety.

The benefit of such therapy is supported by research evidence and the feedback received in the Unit is very positive. To provide such therapy to patients on a more regular basis The Macmillan Unit needs to train additional volunteer therapists. Mid Ulster Cars applied to the Toyota Fund for a Better Tomorrow on behalf of the Macmillan for funds to support this training and was delighted to be awarded £1500

Pictured receiving the cheque are the Staff from the Macmillan Unit including Deirdre Tolton, Ward Manager and Elma McCracken, Macmillan Volunteer Coordinator, along with Orla McGoldrick and Rory McGurk from Mid Ulster Cars