Description of Business
Burrendale Hotel is the first hotel in Northern Ireland to have dedicated spa treatments for those affected with cancer. Joining the Green Tourism Northern Ireland programme in 2015, the 68 bedroom, 4 star hotel achieved the BRONZE level of award. The hotel has a modern country club and spa area, and hosts many functions and events throughout the year. As one of the most prominent businesses and employers in the Newcastle area there were several opportunities for giving something back to the community. Staff were already helping raise money for various charities but there was the opportunity to do more and decided to open up spa treatments for cancer patients.
Typical spa treatments are not always appropriate for cancer patients. There are many types of cancer and a wide range of symptoms and conditions depending on the person affected. Discomfort and pain, as well as medical treatments such a radiation therapy and chemotherapy may mean standard spa treatments are not suitable. Previously, patients from all over Northern Ireland would have to travel to Belfast for treatment.
To overcome this, the Spa decided to worked closely with the charity “Friends of the Cancer Centre”, which also funded the project to help specially train the Burrendale therapists. Each therapist was trained in “Enhanced Complementary Therapy Skills for Treating Cancer Patients” and now has the expertise to give spa treatments which give many benefits. Treatments include massages, reflexology and facials, all with the aim to relax the client, helping to reduce pain, fatigue and stress, all or which are common effects of cancer. With the central location of the hotel within County Down this makes the treatments much more accessible to more people in the area. Treatments are often combined with a weekend break allowing couples and families to have a relaxing and joyful experience.
Since the success of the venture at the Burrendale there have been several other hotels and spa facilities signing up and training therapists in the same course which is expanding the reach of benefits to more patients in Northern Ireland.