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Hospital celebrates four years helping cancer patients to Look Good Feel Better

30 October 2014

Health Care

Southend University Hospital is celebrating four years of hosting Look Good Feel Better’s free skincare and make-up workshops that have helped so many women come through their cancer treatment.

'Look Good Feel Better' (LGFB) was set up in the UK over 20 years ago and is supported by over 40 companies and brands within the beauty industry. Working in conjunction with trained beauty professionals, who volunteer their time and expertise, the charity helps women and teenagers combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment and, in turn, boost their confidence and self-esteem at a time when keeping a positive attitude is crucial.

The two-hour workshops are held on a monthly basis at the Macmillan Information and Support Centre, and are open to women of all ages who have been receiving treatment for any type of cancer. Each session is led by Look Good Feel Better's regional co-ordinator, Sarah Wakeman, a qualified independent beauty therapist, who got involved with the organisation over six years ago as a result of supporting many of her clients and close friends through their cancer treatment.

"Coming to terms with cancer can be very daunting and some treatments may result in appearance-related side effects that can be very hard to cope with at a time when a positive attitude is very important," says Sarah.

"The 12-step workshops are fun, friendly and totally relaxed; they boost wellbeing and give women the freedom and confidence to feel feminine again."

Macmillan information and support manager, Friederike Englund, said: "We are so delighted with all that Look Good Feel Better has done for our patients over the last four years.

"Sarah and her team of volunteers offer support to women that is both practical and positive. Seeing so many happy faces at our fourth anniversary celebration is testament to the incredible inspiration they give to women when they are often feeling at their lowest."

For more information about the Look Good Feel Better workshops, or any other services provided by the Macmillan Information and Support Centre at Southend University Hospital, please email macmillan.centre@southend.nhs.uk or call 01702 385101.

For more information on Look Good Feel Better nationwide and their other services please visit www.lgfb.co.uk