County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is working
with a national charity, Look Good Feel Better, offering practical
support in dealing with some of the changes in physical appearance,
such as hair loss, that can occur as a result of some cancer
A series of free, two hour masterclasses, teaching vital
skincare and make up techniques to help improve confidence and
appearance are being held in Darlington and Durham over the next
Led by volunteer beauty professionals, the sessions are open to
anyone undergoing cancer treatment and aim to bring together small
groups of women in a relaxed and uplifting environment.
Commenting, Macmillan cancer support project coordinator, at
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, Jo Dickinson,
said, "The Trust recognises the potentially devastating impact a
diagnosis of cancer can have on people and many of our patients
find the side effects of some treatments particularly difficult to
cope with - especially the visible ones, such as hair loss, which
can be very emotional.
"Working with Look Good Feel Better has provided a great
opportunity for us to do something really positive for our patients
at a particularly difficult time in their lives, helping them to
rebuild their confidence and feel a little better about
themselves. The masterclasses are always a great
Tina Murray, from Neasham, near Darlington, who is currently
undergoing cancer treatment, and who attended a recent session,
said, "I was unsure whether I would enjoy it, but am rapidly
realising anything that makes you feel positive and good about
yourself during the worst period of your life can only be a good
thing for mind, body and soul. I really enjoyed it and it was
nice to have a pamper and a bit of fun for a change - I was
delighted with the results. Perhaps the biggest benefit
though was meeting women my own age and sharing our experiences
which I found very supportive."
Jo adds, "We recognise that clinical care is only part of what
patients need from us and our website details information about
support available to people with cancer:
"Our next masterclasses are on Monday 6 November 2017,
1.00-3.00pm, in Memorial Hall Boardroom, Darlington Memorial
Hospital, Hollyhurst Road, Darlington DL3 6HX, and on Monday 4
December 2017, 1.00-3.00pm at Bannatyne's Health Club & Spa,
Eden Terrace, Durham, DH1 2HJ."
To book a free place or find out more, ring: 01325 743008 or
0191 333 2815.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community