Free pampering for women undergoing cancer treatment

WOMEN who are undergoing chemotherapy in Derby can now enjoy free pampering at a beauty workshop thanks to a national charity.

‘Look Good…Feel Better’ (LGFB) has started running workshops at NHS Derbyshire County’s Park Hill venue in Egginton, near Derby, and any patients from Derby or Burton with a cancer diagnosis can attend.

The cancer support charity aims to help women manage the visible side effects of cancer by running free skincare and make-up workshops.

Run once a month, the LGFB Park Hill workshop will see around ten to 12 women and last about two hours.

Lisa Freeman, Macmillan Information Centre coordinator at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Jo Dexter, Macmillan Information Centre coordinator at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, came up with the idea of applying to the charity to run its workshop programme in the Derby area so patients from both hospitals could attend. The East Midlands Cancer Network worked with the two hospital trusts to put together an application.

Lisa said: “We are delighted that the Look Good…Feel Better service is now available locally and I would like to thank our Derby Hospitals volunteers who have given up their time to serve refreshments at the workshops.

“Having the programme in Derby means women from our hospitals can now benefit from the workshops and enjoy a free pampering, which will help boost their self-confidence while undergoing their cancer treatment.”

At the beginning of each two-hour workshop, the women are given a gift bag filled with different products donated by major companies throughout the beauty industry for them to take home. Volunteer beauty consultants then take everyone through a specially designed 12-step skincare and make-up regime.

LGFB’s executive director, Sarahjane Robertson, said: “Look Good...Feel Better is a fabulous service which helps women when they most need it and we are very proud to be bringing our programme to Derby.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped to make this possible - the hospital teams at Burton and Derby, our wonderful volunteers from the local beauty industry who run the sessions, and especially our Look Good...Feel Better regional co-ordinator, Lu Wright who has been instrumental in bringing it all together.

“We are sure the workshops will go from strength to strength as time goes on with many ladies from the area benefiting from this unique free of charge service.”

The free workshops are held once a month at Park Hill. If you are a Derby Hospitals patient and would like to book a place please call 01332 786008. If you are a Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust patient please call 01283 593186 to book.