What Our Volunteers Say

Suzie Barbour-Smith

“I think the idea is an excellent one: Iain Rennie or Grove House nurses work out the most appropriate therapy for a patient or carer based on their situation. Complementary therapies in general promote relaxation and improve our sense of well being."

Suzie is a qualified reflexologist with her own practice in Gerrards Cross. She gives up one day a week to offer reflexology treatments to Rennie Grove patients and carers, as part of the charity’s free service to families locally.

Suzie says: “I’ve been volunteering with the charity for several years now and it’s incredibly rewarding. I always wanted to volunteer in some capacity and as I have an interest in hospice care, this opportunity to join Rennie Grove’s complementary therapies team seemed the perfect combination.

“I think the idea is an excellent one: Iain Rennie or Grove House nurses work out the most appropriate therapy for a patient or carer based on their situation. Complementary therapies in general promote relaxation and improve our sense of well being. They combat side effects for patients undergoing treatment and they can reduce stress levels, regulate sleep patterns and reinvigorate the family members providing round-the-clock care.

“Reflexology is a particularly flexible treatment because I only need access to someone’s feet! I take my treatment chair with me to patients’ homes, but if a patient were too poorly to get out of bed, I could still treat them if they wished.

“It’s very moving treating carers because they often feel guilty at first that the focus of attention is on them. Their life has been taken over by caring so it’s lovely to be able to give them some vital ‘me-time’ to give them back a sense of calmness and control. And of course the same applies to patients: something positive and uplifting to look forward to and which has a lasting effect.