Finding out you have cancer is life-changing and the stress of the appearance-related side effects can feel overwhelming. Our free confidence boosting skincare and make-up Workshops and Masterclasses are held across the UK for women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Led by LGFB Beauty Volunteers, the sessions are an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation whilst being taught vital skills such as how to draw on missing eyebrows and eyelashes.
Our latest awareness video (below) features LGFB beneficiaries and volunteers talking about their experiences and really encapsulates the positive impact of the Workshops and Masterclasses.
"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
Introduced in to the UK in 1994, the first LGFB Workshop was hosted at the CancerKin Centre in the Royal Free Hospital, London. Workshops are now held regularly in 98 locations across the UK, alongside more than 300 Masterclasses – supporting over 19,500 women and teenagers annually.
Each two hour session is led by volunteer beauty professionals who donate their time and expertise to the LGFB Programme. They share tips and techniques to help with problems such as eyebrow and eyelash loss and changes to the skin. For those who are unable to attend a session, we also have our Confidence Kit, a self-help DVD and booklet as well as numerous online tutorials – covering everything from skincare and make-up through to wigs and nail care.
LGFB receives no government funding, so relies entirely on the support and generosity of member companies, supporting organisations and individual fundraisers – to find how you can help LGFB expand our services and reach, please visit our Get Involved pages.
Women and teenagers have been supported in the UK
Skincare and make-up products are donated by the beauty industry are included in patient gift bags
Volunteer beauty professionals help to run the LGFB Workshops and Masterclasses
Of beneficiaries felt more confident after attending a LGFB Workshop (research questionnaire)