Look Good Feel Better report shows powerful impact of beauty therapy on those with cancer

Cancer support charity Look Good Feel Better has announced details on its Impact Report 2022 to coincide with World Cancer Day (February 4).

The report analysed feedback from over 91 volunteers, 869 beneficiaries and 80 hospitals and cancer care centres from across the country.

Findings revealed that Look Good Feel Better's volunteers feel an improved sense of wellbeing and fulfilment having volunteered for the charity, while 99% of those receiving their support confirm an improvement in their emotional wellbeing.

In addition, the report found that all hospitals interviewed would recommend the charity to their patients, with 100% of hospital partners stating that the treatments provided by the beauty therapists who volunteer with Look Good Feel Better had a positive impact on their patients.

Meanwhile, 99% of the beneficiaries confirmed that the charity’s workshops were a valuable part of their treatment plan, with 97% continuing to use techniques learnt during the workshops.

The charity's chief executive, Mark Flannery, said, “The Impact Report’s findings give us the confidence to know that we are providing a vital service to the many people who are undergoing cancer treatment and are facing one of the most challenging times of their lives.

"With pressure on the NHS continuing to mount, it is the work of independent charities such as ours to step up and provide much-needed support.  

“We are pleased that our beneficiaries, volunteers and partners are all benefitting from the work we do. And our report proves that volunteering can boost your self-belief and sense of wellbeing. 

“We currently anticipate that our services will reach out to twice as many people undergoing cancer treatment over the next three years. It is thanks to our volunteers that we can continue on that trajectory.”

The charity, which organises workshops held virtually, as well as in-person in hospitals and Cancer Care Centres throughout the UK, provides practical make-up and skincare tips, as well as advice about changes to skin, eyebrows, eyelashes, hair, nails and body confidence to those undergoing treatments for cancer.

These sessions are all held in a safe environment and are proven to help attendees regain their confidence and feel better about themselves. 8,648 people used the charity’s services throughout 2022 and 1,429 workshops were held. 

Find out more about how to get involved with the charity here.