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In the pink

Posted in HEALTH + WELLBEING By Maggie O' Sullivan

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we will be donating 10 per cent from every Travelwrap in Daiquiri, above left, Summer Rose, top, and Tea Dust, above right, sold during October to breast cancer research. Meanwhile, here are just some of the great things the travel industry is doing this month.The Peninsula Hotels group shows its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month every year with Peninsula in Pink, a programme of specially commissioned artworks, afternoon teas, cocktails, dining and spa promotions and special events at properties in Asia, North America and Europe. The façade and fountain at the Peninsula Hong Kong, for example, will be illuminated in pink every evening in October and guests can do their bit by booking a Pretty Pink Glow spa experience, ordering a Fuschia Fleur cocktail or tucking into a Pink Classic Afternoon Tea, with part of the proceeds donated to The Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry. Park Plaza hotels has a Think Pink campaign in all of its UK properties. The Park Plaza Cardiff, for example, will be serving a Pink Afternoon Tea throughout October, with a 10 per cent donation from every tea going to Breast Cancer Care Cymru. Teas cost £17.95-£20.95 or £24.95-£27.95 with a glass of Ayala Champagne. Airlines all around the world are doing their bit through FlyPink, an aviation industry initiative to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer organisations. On bmi’s regional flights, for example, captains, first officers and cabin crew will all be donning pink lanyards, badges and epaulettes while customers will be encouraged to support the campaign by donating to the airline’s Just Giving page. US airline Delta goes even further: every year it operates a Breast Cancer One employee survivor flight between New York and Los Angeles aboard a pink plane. To further raise awareness and support, Delta employees wear pink uniforms throughout October. Rudding Park Spa in Harrogate is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month by partnering with Jennifer Young of Beauty Despite Cancer and the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre. Aware that most spas and salons in the UK don’t offer treatments to those with cancer, Rudding Park Spa is bucking the trend by offering Jennifer’s natural skincare collection which has been specially formed to soothe sensitive skin, nails and hair using soft touch therapy and to help those with cancer fulfil a basic need to feel more like themselves again. The Rudding Park Spa team have welcomed nurses from The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre so they can experience the Jennifer Young treatments for themselves and also coach the therapists on how best to approach what can be sensitive situations. The spa therapists have also visited the centre to gain a better understanding of the patient’s wellness needs. Treatments cost from £50 for a gentle manicure or pedicure; £80 for a facial, and £115 for a mind and body balance. 

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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