Beauty treatments help cancer patientsBy Laura McCardle
May 03, 2012
Women undergoing gruelling cancer treatment at Royal Berkshire Hospital are being helped to regain their confidence after losing their hair with a spot of pampering.
Volunteers funded by Look Good...Feel Better host a workshop at the hospital once a month where they teach top beauty tips, such as how to draw on eyebrows, how to apply foundation and how to moisturise properly.
Each session lasts for two hours and the women are given a make-up bag packed with a range of products based on their skin tone.
They are then shown step-by-step how to apply a full face of make up.
Fifty-two-year-old Kim Board, from Twyford, is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
After visiting a session, she said: “It has been really enjoyable. It has been absolutely brilliant to meet people who are going through the same sort of angst and frustration.
“The ladies have been absolutely brilliant giving all their tips. It’s just really nice to have time to spend on yourself.”
Someone who knows exactly how the women feel, is Lorraine McClellan from Tilehurst who attended a Look Good...Feel Better session in 2010 while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
She lost her job as a result of her treatment, trained as a beautician and now volunteers with the charity.
The 42-year-old said: “I came on a day when I was feeling so poorly. I didn’t want to come so my sister brought me.
“I felt so relaxed with the ladies and left here feeling like a million dollars. That’s exactly what I needed at the time.
“It’s something I feel quite passionate about. These ladies really need it at this time. It’s all invaluable information.”
Group co-ordinator Heidi Bannister said: “It’s just uplifting. The ladies are so strong. It’s amazing. They’ve come in and had fun, they’ve been human again and been made to feel like a woman.
“It just gives them back a bit of control. They have had this treatment that has destroyed their looks and now they can make a difference – make themselves attractive again and take control.”
To find out more about the charity, visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk
A Cancer Charity Diamond Jubilee Ball is to be held at Wokefield Park to raise money for Look Good...Feel Better.
At the event, held on Saturday, June 2, there will be a Champagne reception followed by a three-course meal and dancing.
There will also be a raffle for the chance to win a four carat diamond bangle worth £12,500. Tickets cost £75. To buy tickets, visit www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Reading/De-Vere-Wokefield-Park/Diamond-Jubilee-Charity-Ball/11631460/