Spring spa package sampled by local charity Chris’s House

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Representatives from a suicide awareness charity enjoyed a pampering afternoon tea package laid on by staff and students of New College Lanarkshire.

Eleven women from Wishaw-based charity Chris’s House visited our Motherwell Campus to try out a new initiative from the Faculty of Service Industries.

Their full-day experience included a morning and afternoon of beauty therapies in the in-house beauty salon, Breeze, punctuated by lunch of a full afternoon tea in the ML One training restaurant.

Students from the College regularly support the work of Chris’s House, which was established by Anne Rowan following the death of her son, Chris, in 2011.

The Wishaw mum has created a 24-hour crisis centre and growing network of volunteers to support anyone with suicidal thoughts and their friends and families.

Anne said: “Our day has been wonderful – it has been a great experience and we’ve met some lovely people.

“We’re delighted to be here and we’re so thankful to the College and all the students for making us feel welcome from start to finish.

“This has been especially good for our volunteers as they do so much work helping others and they don’t always take the time to look after themselves.”

The Breeze salons dedicated two rooms for beauty treatments, which included back massages, facials, eyebrow waxing and the application of gel nail polish.

Beauty lecturer Joanne Callaghan said: “Our HNC Beauty Therapy students thoroughly enjoyed providing all the guests with a range of luxury treatments and found it to be beneficial in developing their skills in a real working environment.”

The menu at ML One, meanwhile, included lemon and coriander hummus with crudités, mini beef wellington tartlets, brownies and carrot cake cupcakes.

Hospitality lecturer Lorna Hart commented: “The students wanted to do a spa day as part of their events programme, so we worked with the Breeze salon and created a package that we offered to a local charity to try out before opening it up to the public.

“There has been a lot of excitement amongst our students in working towards this event, especially knowing that they are supporting a charity like Chris’s House, which deals with issues that unfortunately touch the lives of many of our students.”

There is limited availability for members of the public to book a Spring Spa Package incorporating beauty treatments and afternoon tea at the Motherwell Campus on Tuesday, April 23.

A half day package costs £25 and full day costs £40. Vouchers can be purchased using cash or card payments at ML One.

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