23 December 2016

Youngsters with cancer receive Christmas makeover

The glitz and glamour of Christmas has come early for four young ladies from the East Midlands after receiving a makeover thanks to the Look Good Feel Better team.

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The teenagers and young adults, who are all receiving treatment for cancer from Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUH), attended the session this week to find out about skincare and make-up tips. The workshop also focused on confidence, self-esteem and general wellbeing.

The Look Good Feel Better workshop is designed to support women of all ages and help them to manage the visible side effects of cancer treatment. To help the women recreate the look at home they all received a free make-up bag packed with cosmetics from various brands including BareMinerals, Benefit and D&G.

Charities Look Good Feel Better, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Maggies were all involved in providing the session to the young women aged 15-23 years old.

Staff from Maggie's Nottingham Centre and a Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinator, who are both based at City Hospital, helped to coordinate the event with Look Good Feel Better and NUH.

Victoria Somers-Whittaker attended the workshop and has been receiving treatment from City Hospital for Hodgkins Lymphoma. After four months of chemotherapy treatment she has just received news that she has entered remission.

The 19 year old from Nottingham, said: "When I first got my diagnosis I was terrified but the treatment was made a lot easier thanks to the support of the really nice nurses at City Hospital. I've received so much help, it's incredible, and these additional activities are fantastic. They really make a difference. At this workshop I've made some great connections with girls who are a similar age to me who are in a similar situation and I've learnt some amazing new make-up tips too."

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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