Friday, 8 September 2017

Look Good Feel Better

As a fruit delivery service, our ethos at Fruit For The Office is all about health and wellbeing. So when we heard about the Look Good Feel Better cancer support charity, we just had to let everyone know about this fantastic organisation. Every 2 minutes someone is diagnosed with cancer, and this disease is likely to touch everyone in some way during their lifetime. Since launching, LGFB has helped over 147,000 women and teenagers face to face across the UK. Their founder members include Boots UK Limited; Chanel; Elizabeth Arden; Estee Lauder; Loreal Paris; Procter & Gamble Uk; and Revlon International.

 So what's it all about?

Look Good Feel Better is the only international cancer support charity providing practical support for women and teenagers struggling with the visible side effects of cancer treatment.

As we can all imagine, finding out you have cancer is traumatic and daunting. The added stress of the appearance related side-effects can be demoralising and feel overwhelming. This can have serious consequences on self-esteem and confidence at a time when a positive attitude is vital.

The Look Good Feel Better free skincare and make-up Workshops and Masterclasses are held all over the UK for people undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. The two-hour sessions are led by trained beauty volunteers, who share tips and techniques to help with eyebrow and eyelash loss and changes to the skin.

Let's hear from a few people who used the charity:

"The whole experience was outstanding. It's not just about a bit of make-up, it's not vanity - it's about control. It gives women the strength to fight this horrible disease." Fiona, LGFB Beneficiary

"I had such a lovely time filled with hope and laughter. The beautiful good bag was just overwhelming! I hope the beauty brands realise the effect their donations have." Audrey, LGFB Beneficiary

"Being able to use my skills in such an amazingly positive way is priceless." Suzie, LGFB Beauty Volunteer

So what's the history of Look Good Feel Better in the UK?

LGFB has been working in the UK for 23 years, starting in 1994 when their first Workshop was hosted in the CancerKin Centre in the Royal Free Hospital, London, in 1994. Their aim is to great increase women's confidence and self-esteem, at what is an extremely difficult and emotional time in their lives.

Their free skincare and make-up Workshops are held in 96 hospitals and cancer care centres across the UK, and they held more than 300 Masterclasses in 2016. In 2001 they launched Teenage Workshops, helping younger people deal with the effects of the disease.

The award-winning #Warpaint4Life advertising campaign was created pro-bono by some of the industry's top creatives when the charity launched 23 years ago, and has appeared on donated space in shopping centres, billboards, magazines, and newspapers.

In 2009 they launched The LGFB Confidence Kit - an extensive self-help DVD and 48-page booklet designed to offer our support to people in their own homes. 

And it's proven to work - 97% of respondents to a survey of 2000 contact said they felt more confident after attending a LGFB Workshop and this remained at 96% three months later. 

And the most amazing thing of all? The LGFB service is available in 26 countries worldwide, and to date they have helped collective over 1.8 million people. With your help, they can help many, many more. 

So what would they like from you? 

Look Good Feel Better wants to raise awareness of their service, so more women and teenagers get the benefit of this impressive service, which helps thousands of cancer sufferers in the UK alone. Without donations their fantastic work would not be possible. If you would like to donate, you can do so here, and you can even get involved to help them with fundraising events. Just £50 funds a place for a patient at a LGFB Workshop, so why not donate today?

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