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Workshops introduced earlier this year at George Eliot Hospital are helping women undergoing cancer treatment to regain their self-confidence, self-esteem and to look good and feel better.

The Look Good and Feel Better charity is providing free two hour skincare and make-up workshops at the hospital organised by the Macmillan Information Centre. The charity helps to boost the physical and emotional wellbeing of women, men and young adults undergoing cancer treatment. Each workshop is run by volunteer LGFB trained beauticians, many of whom work for major cosmetic companies close to where the workshops take place.

When ladies arrive, they receive a LGFB gift bag filled with a specially selected range of donated skincare and make-up products suited to their skin tone. Beauticians guide participants through a 12-step skincare and make-up regime providing hints and tips about how best to apply each product. Particular care is taken with key ‘problem’ areas resulting from cancer treatment, such as re-defining the eye area when ladies have lost brows and lashes. 

Geoff Percy, Chairman of Look Good Feel Better also attended the most recent event in July..                                 

Geoff Percy said: “‘It is always a humbling experience to sit in on one of our workshops and witness first-hand the amazing expertise provided by the volunteers and the transformational effect that the Look Good Feel Better service has on those undergoing cancer treatment. Finding out you have cancer is a traumatic event and the practical help and advice provided in our workshops has been found to restore levels of confidence and self-esteem that changes to appearance during treatment can take away. We couldn’t deliver our programme without the collaboration of many and our thanks go out to the army of people who make it possible for us to support more than 20,000 cancer patients each year.”

Gaynor Leech from Nuneaton who attended the event said: “This was such a great experience, so uplifting and I came away having learnt a few tricks about eye make-up that I didn't know before. There was a lovely calming atmosphere created by the FGFB team who are all volunteers.  The make-up bag exceeded my expectations. A big thank you for a wonderful evening."

The events are organised by the Macmillan Information Centre who also manage bookings. Clinical Nurse Specialists are currently offering this service to patients attending clinics but patients can also ask to be added to the waiting list for future events.

The hospital is also intending to hold a Look Good Feel Better event for men who have been affected by cancer too later this year.

For more information please email Julie.hunt3@geh.nhs.uk

Photograph Features Lisa Curtis and Geoff Percy, Chairman of Look Good Feel Better charity with two of attendees at the latest event at the George Eliot Hospital Linda Clarke and Gaynor Leech. 

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