Homebuilder donates £1,500 to Aberdeen cancer support charity

04/12/2023

BARRATT Homes and David Wilson Homes North Scotland has made a £1,500 donation to Look Good Feel Better, a charity dedicated to improving the physical appearance and overall wellbeing of people living with cancer.

The donation will enable an additional 30 people undergoing treatment for cancer in the area to attend a workshop at Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen.

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Look Good Feel Better knows how challenging it can be to process a cancer diagnosis and manage the physical and emotional side-effects of cancer treatment. The charity runs workshops and classes virtually, and at cancer care centres and hospitals across the UK, to support women, men and young adults through this time.

Services are free and open to anyone facing cancer, and the workshops are led by trained volunteers in the beauty industry to provide practical advice about changes to skin, eyebrows, eyelashes, hair and nails during treatment, and body confidence.

Volunteers in the health industry also lead its well-being focused classes covering meditation, breathwork and gentle exercise to help reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety.

Ian Daniels, Director of Fundraising and Head of Communications at Look Good Feel Better, said: “We are very grateful to Barratt Homes North Scotland for donating such a considerable sum of money. According to Public Health Scotland, there were 16,438 deaths caused by cancer in Scotland in 2021, and cancer remains the main cause of death. Demand for our specialist services continues to grow.

“All donations make a difference: £50 funds a seat at one of our workshops, while £500 funds an entire face-to-face workshop for up to 10 people, helping restore their confidence and self-esteem whilst undergoing cancer treatment. Thank you, Barratt Homes North Scotland, for supporting us.”

Importantly, the charity’s workshops offer a relaxing environment for people to socialise, make friends and talk to others facing similar issues. People who attend the workshops agree that they feel less isolated, by feeling included and part of a group. As a result, their confidence and a sense of wellbeing grows at this particularly traumatic time.

David Palmer, Managing Director of Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Scotland, said: “Giving back to the communities in which we build has always been a priority across all Barratt Developments’ divisions. In the North of Scotland, our focus has been to raise funds for charities that continue to provide life-changing work across the region, such as the work carried out by Look Good Feel Better.

“It’s great to hear that the money raised will help support those affected by cancer in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas, providing them with the very best care and support.”

For more information about the charity, visit the website at Look Good Feel Better.

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