Complimentary Therapy Services - Julie Wren Cancer Support Service
“I got a thank you card last week from a nine year old who has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. She gets an injection into her thigh muscle which is quite sore and she dreaded coming in,” said Olive O’Neill, the Complimentary Therapy Nurse. “Her mum said it’s so difficult in the mornings when she’s bringing her in for the appointments as she knows what’s ahead. I worked with her on her breathing as she gets the injection and she wrote me the card to say the breathing technique really works. Feedback like that means everything to me.
"We offer full body massage, leg massage and back massage. We use aromatherapy oils with the massage. We offer mindfulness, visualisation, foot reflexology, hand reflexology, Indian head massage - all in our therapeutic space. We take people out of the clinical setting and relax them.”
This wonderful room came into existence because of the Julie Wren Trust. Esther Wren and her daughter Julie Wren were in the hospital in the 1980s and Julie had a diagnosis of Medulloblastoma. Esther felt that the beginning of the day was really busy with appointments, procedures and ward rounds, but in the late afternoon and night time she felt very alone. She thought there could be something for parents. Julie passed away in the early 90s and after Ester sold the family farm, Julie visited her in a dream and told her mum that she knew what to do with the money. Her mum set up the Julie Wren Trust in her memory after meeting with CMRF and it was going to fund complimentary therapy in the hospital.
Julie was an energetic, imaginative, hilarious and brave child. Her mam, Esther, felt that the most appropriate way of giving life and meaning to Julie’s loving spirit was to set up the Julie Wren Trust, which is dedicated to improving the care, healing and recovery of the country’s youngest battlers against cancer and other illnesses to alleviate the pressures on their families.
If you would like to make a gift towards the fund – once-off, regular or a legacy – we pledge that your vital donation will be put to work effectively in the following ways:
- Complementary Therapies & Complementary Therapy Nurse specialist
Complementary therapies play a vital role here. Massage, relaxation music, aromatherapy, Indian head massage & reflexology can work wonders.
- A Palliative Care Grant
Many families wish to care for their children at home because they feel secure there and are better able to control their daily routine. It also increases the opportunity for the parents, siblings, friends and family of the child to assist with their care. This grant will assist financially to ensure a child’s comfort and dignity is an absolute priority and reduce the financial burden on families at this time of great turmoil.
- Remembrance Day
Grieving can be one of life’s most difficult and overwhelming challenges. The Julie Wren Cancer Support Service, Crumlin holds an Annual Remembrance Day, a day for families to remember all the children that have died and to give them an opportunity to remember their loved ones.
Your generous action will have a huge impact. Here on the front-line in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin these critical and urgent services and equipment will transform the lives of children battling with cancer and recovering from serious illness. It will also ease the burden of their families and loved ones as they cope with the greatest stress and trauma of their lives.
You can also visit www.juliewren.ie