5 August 2014
Marie applying makeup to a lady at an event in Wolverhampton
Marie Wilkes, based at a store in West Bromwich, has been helping people affected by cancer at a Wolverhampton hospice with the visible side-effects of treatment.
Marie has been working with Compton Hospice to support patients facing a life-limiting illness from across the West Midlands.
Marie said: 'The visible side-effects of cancer treatment can have a really negative impact on confidence for many people, but we can help them feel good again.'
'I got chatting with Jane from the Hospice at a Macmillan event about offering the patients some makeovers as we thought it would boost their spirits. Some of the ladies were a bit reluctant at first and were feeling down due to a recent bereavement, but then one lady volunteered for a makeover and as soon as they saw the results, everyone wanted one.
'We ended up doing around 10 makeovers. Their faces were an absolute joy to watch, especially on such a difficult day. We even ended up doing them for the staff - they work so hard so they deserve a treat too.
We left some goody bags and samples and are planning to go back as soon as possible.'
A training programme, developed by Boots UK and Macmillan, supports advisors to use cosmetic techniques to help manage the visible side-effects of cancer treatment, offer important advice on the appearance of hair loss and understand the wider practical issues that people affected by cancer experience.
Claire Mills, a therapist at the Hospice, said: 'Many of our patients commented on how special the experience made them feel and that it had improved their confidence.'
Visit boots.com/cancer to find out what support is available in your local Boots store.
You can find more information about Compton Hospice and the support they can provide on their website.