Finding out you have cancer is traumatic. The added stress of the appearance related side-effects can be demoralising and feel overwhelming, which can have serious consequences at a time when a positive attitude is vital.
The first Workshop for women was held 25 years ago and since then the charity has developed special sessions for young adults and, in 2018, introduced vitally needed services for men. Each group session is led by trained volunteers and is a chance to meet others in a similar situation, as well as learning useful skills and techniques to manage the side-effects of cancer treatment.
Our latest awareness videos (below) features LGFB beneficiaries and volunteers talking about their experiences and really encapsulates the positive impact of the Workshops.
"I am currently half way through chemo and with a young family I rarely have much ‘me time’. Today was a complete escape from all that's going on and I can't thank everyone enough for that. The beauticians raised my spirits no end and made me feel human again."Sharon, LGFB Beneficiary
"My mum has just returned from one of your sessions and I wanted to thank you for putting the sparkle back in her eyes. It’s the best she has looked in years, what a fantastic idea to have a group session that isn’t focused on illness but about making people feel better."Sophie, LGFB Beneficiary
"The LGFB session turned my morale around. I felt like I had no control over my body, which was falling apart and my confidence plummeted daily - this stopped immediately when I knew what I could do. I also met other people undergoing treatment who I have stayed friends with."Maureen, LGFB Beneficiary
“I thought the Workshop was so useful as men can feel disheartened and affected by appearance during and after treatment. I commend LGFB for addressing men’s issues and will certainly recommend the sessions to other male friends.”David, LGFB Beneficiary
“It’s really important for people to have access to LGFB’s incredibly practical service - the effect a Workshop has on appearance and confidence is life enhancing during such a difficult time. It allows people to take control of how they look and feel, when everything else feels like it’s outside of their control.”Dr Natalie Doyle – Nurse Consultant Living With & Beyond Cancer
Working closely with 130 hospitals and cancer support centres, LGFB are able to offer support to 20,000 people a year, with thousands more seeking advice online. Services are available to all ages, skin-tone and every type of cancer.
Since launching in 1994, Look Good Feel Better has helped over 170,000 people across the UK
- In 2018 1,737 Workshops were held, with an average of 40 Workshops every week
- Over 2,600 Look Good Feel Better volunteers help host the sessions
- Workshops are held in 130 hospitals and cancer centres across the UK
- Every year over 350,000 products are donated for patient gift bags by the beauty and fragrance industry
- Over 50 companies and supporting brands work closely with Look Good Feel Better
-A major research initiative highlighted that 97% of respondents felt more confident after attending a LGFB Workshop and this remained at 96% three months later (2,000 beneficiaries contacted)
- The #Warpaint4Life campaign won Marketing Campaign of the year at The Third Sector Awards
- The Look Good Feel Better service is available in 27 countries worldwide and to date have collectively supported over 1.8 million people
People have been supported in the UK since the launch, in 1994
Products are donated for patient gift bags by the beauty and fragrance industry
Look Good Feel Better volunteers help host the sessions
Of beneficiaries felt more confident after attending a LGFB Workshop (research questionnaire)