Teenage Cancer Trust fund-raising goes to the heart of the matter

Complementary health practitioner, Christine Charters-Young ANL-150302-112346005
Complementary health practitioner, Christine Charters-Young ANL-150302-112346005

A complementary health practitioner has set up two streams of funding through her business to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

Christine Charters-Young, owner of The Healing House in Great Bradley is giving ten per cent of all online sales of her natural skincare range of potions, lotions and soaps to the TCT.

Vikki and Alfie Gardiner, the faces of The Healing House range of skincare products ANL-150302-113005005

Vikki and Alfie Gardiner, the faces of The Healing House range of skincare products ANL-150302-113005005

On top of that she has made a unique 1kg neroli and lemon grass heart-shaped soap measuring nine by eight inches that is being auctioned - with a free red rose included - before Valentines Day to raise even more funds for the Trust.

An individual bid of £50 is among those that have already been received but more can be made via Christine@thehealinghouse.co.uk before the auction’s closing date of February 11.

Christine, who provides a number of services, including massage, reiki and reflexology, stress education and workshops, was partly inspired to help TCT after learning a school friend of her daughters, Linton Village College students Alex 12 and Lauren, 14, had been going through treatment for cancer.

She said: “I have wanted to do something for one of the cancer charities and they have mentioned this lad. “I went to a cricket match in Carlton in September that raises money for charity and the Teenage Cancer Trust was one of those charities that was there.

“I approached their regional fundraiser and said I would love to do something for you.

“In the work I do I sometimes come into contact with people who are caring for relatives who have cancer or who have been through cancer themselves.

“It seems to me in the last couple of years that there have been so many people that have had cancer, it just seems to resonate more.”

Christine, who works out of Anne of Cleves House in Hamlet Road, Haverhill two days a week, has also chosen a Haverhill mother and baby, Vikki and Alfie Gardiner to be the faces for her new natural skincare range.

She got to know Vikki after providing her with massage during her pregnancy.