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Make-up class helps women to look good and feel good
For most women, wearing make-up makes them feel brighter and boosts their confidence.
So when Leanne Perilly popped into the Day Therapy Unit at Saint Francis Hospice recently she gave women a much needed lift by treating them to free makeovers and offering tips on how to apply their make-up to get the best effects.
"I feel young again," said Doris Webster, 89, from Brentwood, (pictured) who has lung cancer and has been attending breathing classes at the hospice for more than three months.
"I have always worn a bit of make-up but it was nice to have someone do my make-up for a change."
Rebecca Warren, 35, from Dagenham, who has brain and spine cancer and is currently on the Inpatient Unit to get her symptoms under control, said, "When you are unwell, it is hard to feel normal and confident in yourself so having my make-up done has really helped me to feel better in myself."
Florence Hart, 86, attends the arts and craft group at the Day Therapy Unit.
She said, "Now I see how good it looks I will go away and try it.
"Coming here has given me the incentive to start putting make-up on again as I stopped wearing it recently."
Florence, who has lymphoma, first came to the hospice 10 years ago when she had cancer of the vulva, which was successfully treated.
"I remember being here for Christmas and having a wonderful time," said Florence, who also lives in Brentwood.
"I have enjoyed coming back to the hospice and seeing everyone again has been so nice.
"Some of the staff I knew then are still here."
This was Leanne's first visit to the hospice and she is now hoping to return once a month to help women feel extra special.
"The heart of what I do is about helping women to look good and feel good," said the mother-of-two from Laindon.
"I have done workshops for women who are having cancer treatment and have lost their brows. I also do a lot of make-up lessons, workshops and events. It is good to give something back and to use my skills to help people. I was a bit apprehensive before coming here but the staff have been wonderful and very welcoming. I've got to meet some wonderful women from all walks of life and it is very inspirational."
Leanne Perilly and DTU patient Florence Hart