Can­cer char­ity aims to make women Look Good Feel Bet­ter

Beauty spe­cial­ist Clare Ab­bott ex­plains why LGFB is now work­ing at the Lorn and Is­lands Hospi­tal

The Oban Times - - News -

THE na­tional can­cer sup­port char­ity Look Good Feel Bet­ter (LGFB) is now run­ning free skin­care and make-up work­shops at the Macmil­lan Day Unit, in Oban’s Lorn and Is­lands Hospi­tal.

LGFB work­shops are held through­out the UK and are led by vol­un­teer beauty pro­fes­sion­als who take can­cer pa­tients through spe­cially de­signed skin­care and makeup ses­sions, which in­clude in­struc­tions on how to look af­ter changes to the skin and to help them de­fine their best fea­tures with make-up.

The aim is to im­prove the well­be­ing and con­fi­dence of peo­ple un­der­go­ing treat­ment for any type of can­cer.

The work­shops started last year at Lorn and Is­lands Hospi­tal with Clare Ab­bott, a qual­i­fied ‘colour me beau­ti­ful con­sul­tant’, who has pre­vi­ously worked with Look Good Feel Bet­ter in its Glas­gow-based work­shops.

Clare is joined by Donna MacKen­zie, a Macmil­lan clin­i­cal nurse spe­cial­ist at the Macmil­lan Day Unit within the hospi­tal, Melissa Dean (masterclass co- or­di­na­tor) and Dul­cie Rowe (masterclass man­ager), both of whom work for the char­ity.

This lo­cal ser­vice is tai­lored to each pa­tient, who is also given a spe­cial gift bag full of lux­ury beauty prod­ucts. These gift bags are kindly sup­plied by LGFB and its ex­ten­sive list of spon­sors within the beauty in­dus­try.

Look Good Feel Bet­ter is the only global can­cer sup­port char­ity cre­ated to help women com­bat the vis­i­ble side- ef­fects of their treat­ment. This con­fi­dence-boost­ing ser­vice is avail­able in 26 coun­tries and col­lec­tively the char­ity has sup­ported more than 1.7 mil­lion peo­ple to date.

More than 165,000 women re­ceive a can­cer di­ag­no­sis in the UK each year, and LGFB wants to en­sure that all of them have the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit from its ser­vice.

LGFB runs free skin­care and make-up work­shops in more than 88 hospi­tals and can­cer sup­port cen­tres na­tion­wide and more than 250 mas­ter­classes are held each year. In 2016, the char­ity helped 17,500 women and teenagers face to face, with thou­sands more sup­ported on­line.

This ser­vice is open to any pa­tient who is un­der­go­ing can- cer treat­ment with the Lorn and Is­lands Hospi­tal.

For more in­for­ma­tion or should you wish to join any of the work­shops that are held in the hospi­tal each month, please con­tact Donna at the MacMil­lan Day Unit at the hospi­tal or send an email to donna.macken­zie@nhs.net or call 01631 789050.

Clare Ab­bott, left, and Donna MacKen­zie will help women be­ing treated for can­cer at Oban’s hospi­tal.

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