Charity champion Dianne shows caring touch for cancer sufferers

Dianne Murphy and her son Blair hand over the fund-raising cheque to Alex Moffat, a volunteer from The Lavender Touch
Dianne Murphy and her son Blair hand over the fund-raising cheque to Alex Moffat, a volunteer from The Lavender Touch

Hawick woman Dianne Murphy’s festive charity fundraiser is set to be her best ever.

Instead of sending Christmas cards, big-hearted friends and family have donated £20 to The Lavender Touch, a Galashiels-based charity which provides complementary therapies for cancer patients in the Borders.

This year’s effort has already passed the £3,000-mark and since Dianne kicked off her annual charity gig four years ago, she has raised almost £9,000 for good causes.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, Dianne, who works as a teacher at Burnfoot Community School, said: “This year I wanted to keep it local and cancer related because sadly we all know someone who has lost, won or is fighting this awful disease. I got talking to friends for ideas and this is where I first heard about The Lavender Touch.”

Since 2003, The Lavender Touch has been supporting patients and carers living with the disease and its 13 therapists provide complementary treatments at home, hospital or local health centres.

In previous years, Dianne has also raised £700 for Glasgow’s Yorkhill Hospital, £2,675 for children’s chancer charity CCLASP, as well as £2,660 for the Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital.

Talking of what The Lavender Trust meant to them, Hawick woman Kerry Potts said: “Lavender Touch were a great support to me. When I lost my hair, I lost my confidence and they were great. They gave me a huge boost and made me feel like me again.”

And Dorothy Anderson added: “It was nice to get a treat when I was feeling low. The Lavender Touch made me feel special.”

Dianne added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated to this very worthwhile cause.

“Without your support these charities just wouldn’t exist. By donating this Christmas you have already made a difference to many people suffering in circumstances most of us can’t imagine.”

Anyone wishing to give can go to, click ‘donate now’ and you will see Dianne’s link. A donation of £20 will also receive a £5 gift aid donation.

The generous donors, along with their partners and families, wish everyone a merry Christmas:

Dianne Murphy, Carolyn Rayner, Sharon Johnston, Kerry Crudge, Julie Hodgins, Alison Murphy, Stacey Russell, Lorna Watson, Nicola Shiel, Caroline Jack, Lyndsey Patterson, Katie Crooks, Jodie Emmerson, Sandra Gordon, Amanda Huggan, Joanne Elliot, Fiona Carlile, AngelaMatthews, Linda McMichan, Joanne George, Jackie Allan, Stella Berridge, Bev Middlemass, Shirley Froud, Tracy Murray, Andrea Elliot, Betty Renwick, Elaine Easton, Rob Scott, Lesley Landles, Karen Purves, Tracey Brisbane, Lynne Cook, Suzanne Kendell, Lesley Elliott, Sarah Turnbull, Nicola Scott, Kirsty Fojcik, Louise Robson, Lynda Jackson, Jan Wilson, Jennifer Cowan, Susie Mcfadzen, Claire Williams, Wendy Potts, Laura Harkin, Helen Cunningham, Joanne Turnbull, Maureen Brown, Lisa Taylor, Linda Runciman, Sarah Chrystie, Julie Smith, Leona Richardson, Susan Hodgins, Jacqui Purvis, Lesley Birney, Alison McHutchison, Jane Gray, Joan Whitaker, Suzy Douglas, Lynn Archibald, Rebekah Purvis, Michelle Hogg, Sheona Hedley, Laura McHutchison, Joanne Collingwood, Myra Slorance, Jane Deacon, Suzanne Simpson, Lockie’s workers’ raffle, Julie Rae Smith, Jock Rae, Anne Brandon, Shirley Yule, Caja Sharkey, Pauline Dyce, Debbie Cairns, Grace Beck, Karen Scott, Val Lauder, Eileen Davies, Kerry Elliott, Dorothy Anderson, Sheila Anderson, Sheila Mclean, Nan Fairholm, Elaine Taylor, Ann Easton, Ann Welsh, Jane Henderson, Lisa Reid, Kirsten Lindores, Debra Falcone, Lesley Casson, Christine Scott, Ann Renwick, Lorna Douglas, Ross Irvine, Paul Grigor, Lesley Punter, Jane Pow, Leigh Thomson, Marlyn Murray, Tracy Blackie, Mary Beck, Anne Elsdon, Cheryl Hume, Suzanne Dalgleish, Sam Deans, Marion Elliott, Louise Smith, Lynne White, Kerry Neish, Pam Drysdale, Brenda Hogg, Jayne Douglas, Pamela Turnbull, Julie Torbett, Keith Millar, Diane Smith, Anne Baird, Sarah Williamson, Karen Redhead, Lynne Elliot, Lynn McColm and Julie Robson.