Cancer patients: get pampered!

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with the charity Look Good Feel Better are currently offering free skincare and make-up workshops for people coping with the side-effects of cancer treatments.

The two hour workshops take place on a monthly basis and are run by a team of trained volunteer beauty therapists and make-up artists. Up to 12 people from across the Northern Trust area can be accommodated and workshops are held at Clotworthy House in Antrim.

Eileen Deery, Cancer Services Lead Nurse for the Northern Trust, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Look Good Feel Better to offer this service to people living throughout the Northern Trust area. We hope that those living with a cancer diagnosis will benefit from having access to these workshops within their local area.”

Lisa Curtis, Head of Look Good Feel Better Programme Services, said: “The therapeutic and psychological benefits of women wearing make-up have been well documented.

“In particular, faced with adversity, the desire to look good remains. Nowhere is this more apt than for women coping with the visible side-effects of cancer treatments such as losing their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.”

Feedback to date has been extremely positive with one participant on the December workshop commenting : “It definitely lifted me! I would certainly recommend it to others. The pampering and getting together is great!”

Forthcoming dates for workshops are 6 March, 7 April and 1 May. To find out more contact the Macmillan Unit on weekday mornings or book your place on a workshop. Contact Macmillan Unit on 028 94 424394.