Aintree’s Marina Dalglish Unit has relocated its cancer retreat, for peer support/holistic therapies for post-operative/chemo patients with breast cancer.
The Appeal is a charity set-up by the wife of ex-Liverpool footballer Kenny Dalglish, Marina, who was successfully treated in Aintree for Breast Cancer in 2003.
The retreat was funded by The Marina Dalglish Appeal and the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, whose co-operation was central to realising the relocation of the retreat.
The space now has a nail salon for patient pampering, hand massage, therapies rooms for reiki and reflexology, with art-work on display by a former patient and current volunteer, Ann Coffey.
Nicky Colcutt, Estates Officer, helped launch the retreat. She said: “The Marina Dalglish Unit was established to improve the patient journey. It is not just about the clinical care we provide, but the support we offer. This is the perfect environment for patients to relax and indulge in some therapeutic treats.”
Therapies will be delivered by former patients, who will help others through their cancer journey, based on their own experiences of surviving the disease.
Donna Murray, Clinical Nurse Practitioner, for Aintree’s Breast Service, said: “I couldn’t be any prouder of the service and facilities we provide for our cancer patients. The thought given to their needs goes beyond a clinical environment.”