As part of our partnership with St. James’s Place Foundation, Butterwick Hospice in Stockton-On-Tees was awarded a grant of £12,000 towards a new aromatherapy service for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). When the project started, the local community had twice the national average of people suffering from the condition, yet only three per cent were receiving any care from the hospice. The hospice started home visits and set up drop-in clinics in the community for people to receive aromatherapy massages. Aromatherapy plays an important role in caring for someone with MS, by promoting relaxation, stimulating circulation and memory, and reducing pain, anxiety and stress.
In the first year of the service, the proportion of local MS sufferers the hospice was reaching went up to around 38% and a number of carers were trained in how to give aromatherapy massages themselves. Thanks to the successful pilot project, the hospice was able to secure extra funding to continue to run this vital service – and the hospice is still providing aromatherapy to people with MS and other neurological conditions today.