Dragon's Den star introduces beauty sessions for cancer survivors at Bannatyne venues (From The Northern Echo)
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Darlington cancer battler supports charity beauty classes being rolled out across Bannatyne's venues
From left, Look Good Feel Better ambassador Sue Robb and Chairman of The Bannatyne Group Duncan Bannatyne with Executive Director of Look Good Feel Better Sarahjane Robertson (standing behind)
A NORTH-EAST cancer sufferer has become an ambassador for a charity beauty service being rolled out across venues run by businessman Duncan Bannatyne.
Sue Robb, 49, has previously spoken candidly of her cancer diagnosis and has used her experience to encourage women to be persistent with medical professionals if they think they are unwell.
She is now supporting a move by Dragon’s Den star Mr Bannatyne to use his gyms and health clubs to offer beauty masterclasses for women who are struggling with the visible side-effects of their cancer treatment.
The classes, run by cancer support charity Look Good Feel Good, see volunteer make-up consultants from the beauty industry show women how to use their existing make-up and skin products to help them cope with the demoralising impact of appearance-related side effects.
The service will be available in ten Bannatyne venues across the country including in Darlington and York.
Mrs Robb, of Middleton St George near Darlington, was diagnosed with one of the most severe forms of ovarian cancer in the summer of 2011 after several visits to doctors failed to lead to a diagnosis.
Following her chemotherapy she attended a masterclass and said it was “really good news” that Bannatyne’s is supporting the workshops.
She said: “When I was going through chemotherapy, looking after myself seemed a low priority, so it was lovely to have a fun afternoon with other women, where we could relax, throw off our wigs and be pampered.
“The beauticians were kind and knowledgeable about the problems we were facing and gave great tips about dealing with the effects of treatment, such as dry skin, redness, spots, losing eyebrows and eyelashes.
“I really enjoyed my afternoon and looking good did help me feel better.
“I am really grateful to the charity and to the companies which supplied the cosmetic gifts and staff to help women at this gruelling time.”
Mr Bannatyne, chairman of The Bannatyne Group, described Mrs Robb’s story as “moving and inspirational”.
He added: “We are extremely pleased and grateful she has agreed to become an ambassador for our new relationship with Look Good Feel Better.
“Look Good Feel Better is an extremely worthwhile charity which The Bannatyne Group is proud to support.
“Cancer is a daunting and frightening condition and we think it is important to do whatever we can to help and support people battling this dreadful disease.”
Sarahjane Robertson, Look Good Feel Better’s executive director said the charity was grateful to The Bannatyne Group for enabling more women to access the service.
For more details on how to book a session, contact the charity on 01372 747500 or visit www.lgfb.co.uk.
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