Launch of Look Good Feel Better cancer care workshops for men
15 May 2019
Southend University Hospital is hosting Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) workshops for men at their Macmillan Information and Support Centre.
LGFB is the only international cancer support charity that helps
boost the physical and emotional wellbeing of people undergoing
The free confidence boosting workshops are held across the UK
for women, men and young adults undergoing treatment for any type
of cancer. Each group session is led by trained volunteers
and is a chance to meet others in a similar situation, as well as
learning useful skills and techniques to manage the side-effects of
Several men attended a workshop at the hospital in March and
they all benefitted from the advice and support.
PICTURED (l-r): Kevin Sharp, Carla Cunningham, Michael
Attendee, Kevin Sharp, aged 59, from Leigh-on-Sea had never had
any skin problems until he began his chemotherapy treatment at the
Kevin admitted: "For the past six months my skin has looked
miserable. I've got lots of sores, cracked and split skin,
dandruff, so I attended the workshop in order to learn how to deal
with it from the professionals and get some advice and tips on
products. I have learnt a whole bunch of stuff about moisturising
Joining Kevin at the workshop was Michael Mann, aged 64, from
Southend-on-Sea. Michael was quick to praise the supportive
atmosphere of the workshop, adding: "The best bit of this session
is hearing from other people and how they've solved issues and
finding out there are solutions to things I went through years ago.
My nails were like tree trunk rings, so after every session of
chemotherapy I'd finish with another ridge on the nail.
One of the hosts of the LGFB workshops at the hospital is
skincare specialist, Carla Cunningham, a volunteer and regional
coordinator for Look Good, Feel Better. Carla said: "I've been
running the Look Good Feel Good sessions for women for four years
and I could see the benefits that the ladies were getting but I was
also aware that men are going through the same issues and problems
but there was nothing for them. We wanted to be able to offer
them the same experience that women had and I am aiming for
Southend to be one of the flagship hospitals for hosting men-only
The workshops also cover shaving and scalp care and a qualified
barber is available offering in-depth advice. There is space for up
to 12 men and workshops will run every 2-3 months depending on the
number of sign-ups.
Friederike Englund, Macmillan Information Manager, said: "Cancer
can be a really isolating experience and this workshop not only
provides information on skin care with specific references to
common difficulties experienced during cancer treatment, but also
the opportunity to meet other men in the same boat. We are very
grateful to LGFB to provide these sessions for us."
The next LGFB men-only workshop will take place on Monday 24
June in the Macmillan Information and Support Centre at Southend
University Hospital. Call the team on 01702 385101.
Click here to access additional
information, support advice for men on the Look Good Feel Better