Look Good... Feel Better sessions need volunteers


Free beauty treatment workshops available for women who have been diagnosed with cancer

LOCAL women who have been diagnosed with cancer can take up the opportunity of a free make-up session.

Being diagnosed with cancer can affect a woman’s self-esteem and the treatment can have an impact on the skin and hair.

The sessions are run by the national charity Look Good... Feel Better and allow women to learn skills from local beauticians in free two-hour sessions. All the women who attend receive a free beauty bag.

Kathryn Hamling, 53, was diagnosed with breast cancer following her first mammogram screening at the age of 50.

Three years on, she said the make-up sessions had really helped her to feel good about herself.

‘I attended a session and it was wonderful.
‘At the time I felt low and having the expert advice really helped.’

The aim of the sessions is to show the women how put on their own make-up so that they can recreate the look on their own.

Local beauticians volunteer to share their skills for the workshops, but Look Good... Feel Better is always looking for more help and holds training sessions to support volunteers.

Sandy de Carteret normally works at Au Caprice, but spends one afternoon every few months helping women with cancer to put on make-up.

‘I started doing it because three close relatives have had cancer, so I wanted to help,’ she said.

Three volunteers are needed to run a full session for 10 people, but often there are only two available.

Breast care nurse Sharon Bodkin said the sessions were open to all women with cancer, not just those with breast cancer.

She believed the sessions really help women.

‘The physical side-effects of cancer treatment can be very difficult to cope with and this morale-boosting service is a wonderful opportunity to help restore their sense of well-being and self esteem.’

There are five workshops held every year.

The next is at 2.30pm on Tuesday 23 June at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. 

For more information or to book a place, call Carol Holloway or Christine Marquis on 725241.

Kathryn Hamling, right, is shown how to put on her make-up during a charity workshop Look Good... Feel Better run by volunteer beauty consultant Sandy de Carteret, centre, at the PEH. With them is breast care nurse Sharon Bodkin.    (Picture by Laurent Segers, 0781950)



GEP Article by by Juliet Pouteaux

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