Wednesday 24th June 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Summer 2015
Rachael is one of more than 400 No7 Beauty Advisors who can help people deal with some of the visible side effects of cancer treatment
Over three-quarters of women with cancer asked by Macmillan said visible side effects of treatment had a negative impact on their confidence. Rachael, a Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor, says: ‘It’s a real privilege to be able to help people feel a little more like themselves when they’re going through such a difficult time. It’s a completely free service, available to both men and women, and they don’t need an appointment. We can show them how to maximise their eyebrows if they’ve lost them during chemotherapy, and how to minimise changes to skin such as redness or dark circles under their eyes.’
Rachael continues: ‘Our extra training is delivered by both Macmillan and No7 trainers, so it has a real partnership feeling. The training means we have a better awareness of what people affected by cancer may be facing. It also gives us practical skills. Some of my colleagues have gone on to build some great partnerships with local Macmillan services and are working together to deliver sessions both in and out of store.’
Linda, a No7 customer says: ‘It’s lovely coming to spend time with the No7 girls – they really pamper me and it’s good to be able to chat to somebody other than nurses or my family about how the treatment is going, and how it’s affecting me.’
In February Rachael and Angie, a cancer information nurse from the Macmillan Support Line, took part in a web chat on Macmillan’s Online Community about coping with the visible side effects of cancer treatment.
To find your nearest Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor visit boots.com/storelocator. For more information on how you can link up with the service call 0207 840 4901.