FACING THE FUTURE WITH CONFIDENCE - LGFB UNVEILS EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS FOR FUTURE
Survey results revealed
At a time when 165,000 women are newly diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK, we revealed the results of LGFB UK’s own independent research. 2000 LGFB patient beneficiaries were surveyed via questionnaires and the results proved the psycho-social benefits of our free service on patients’ wellbeing:
• 98% said it was positive spending time with women in the same situation
• 97% felt supported being in a group environment
• 85% said they would use all the make-up hints, tips and learning in the future
• 97% felt that confidence and strengthened self- esteem helped towards a positive outlook during treatment
Not all cancer treatment is medicinal
Natalie Doyle MSc. RGN, a Nurse Consultant at The Royal Marsden explained how her medical colleagues rightly had to concentrate on diagnosis and treatment but were now recognising the very real and damaging psycho-social side effects that effect women during their treatment. She told guests that she had been involved with the LGFB Programme for some years and had seen first-hand the extraordinary difference the 2 hour workshops had on so many ladies.
Natalie highly endorsed the fact the LGFB was the only organisation to recognise and act to combat the effect chemotherapy can have on a women’s appearance and confidence and asked guests to continue and hopefully increase their support.
LGFB Five Year Plan and Future Focus
In order to reach LGFB’s Five Year Plan to touch 50% of newly diagnosed women and teenagers by 2016, new initiatives are already in development: LGFB are introducing a new Masterclass format, launching online teaching sessions through new and existing partnerships and increasing our workshop locations and patient forums.
As a cornerstone for our Five Year Plan and 20th Anniversary, a new Mobile Service will be launched in Spring 2014. LGFB’s Mobile Information Unit will offer information and advice, raise awareness and enable fundraising opportunities and will reach thousands of women not currently able to benefit from our Programme.
New Website & LGFB Social Media
A vibrant new interactive website is one of the many communications channels available, together with Facebook Twitter and Pintrest, enabling LGFB to keep in touch with beneficiaries, volunteers and supporters through social media.
Jackie Mitchell – LGFB Beneficiary
Jackie gave a moving speech recounting the day she was told she had cancer, describing the negative side effects her cancer treatment had on her appearance, body image and confidence. She then revealed how attending a Look Good Feel Better workshop helped to turn all the negativity around expressing heartfelt thanks to all the Beauty Industry and all LGFB supporters for making women, like her, look and feel better about themselves during a very difficult time in their lives. She urged all those who enable LGFB to exist - brands, volunteers, external supporters to continue what they do to help women and teenagers in her situation.
Executive Director, Sarahjane Robertson said “We are all immensely proud of what LGFB UK has achieved in the last 20 years and our new objectives and plans are firmly in place to enable us to reach out to tens of thousands more women when they need our service the most”.