Margaret and Sue add touch of glamour

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WOMEN who are finding it difficult to cope with the visible side effects of cancer can receive help at a local chemist.

Beauty consultants Sue Melvin and Margaret Lydon are helping women to ‘Look Good ... Feel Better’ as part of a charitable campaign.

They can be found on the Clinique and No7 counters at the Boots store in North Shields’ Silverlink retail park.

But the duo carry out regular workshops at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Margaret said her job helps her to deal with her mum’s recent diagnosis with the disease.

She said: “When the opportunity came up to get involved with the workshops, I didn’t think I could do it because I’m quite an emotional person.

“But when you see how much of a difference it makes to these patients’ confidence, you can’t help but feel like you’ve done something good for them, it’s such a rewarding feeling and they are always so grateful and constantly say thank you to us.

“Being around these ladies and listening to their stories inspired me and helped me cope when my mum was recently diagnosed with cancer.”

The two-hour-long workshops offer women skin care and make-up advice, with tips on how to apply foundation, eye shadow and deal with hair loss, and there are gift bags filled with products donated by the beauty industry.

Sue, who has been involved with the feel good programme for 15 years, said the benefits of adding a touch of glamour are overwhelming.

She said: “It’s unimaginable what some of these ladies have to go through and it’s understandable that their confidence levels are shattered, but it’s amazing what a little make-up can do to boost their spirits during such a difficult time.

“It’s so nice to be a part of something that really makes a difference.”

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