Brush with beauty in the fight against cancer

Beauty Advisers Susan Sweetnam (left) and Hannah Harrison with the Awareness Week Display in M&S, Fishergate, Preston
Beauty Advisers Susan Sweetnam (left) and Hannah Harrison with the Awareness Week Display in M&S, Fishergate, Preston
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Beauty expert Hannah Harrison is picking up some unusual weapons in the battle against cancer - her make-up brushes.

For the past three years the 26-year-old has worked at Marks and Spencer in Fishergate, Preston, which has teamed up with the charity Look Good Feel Better for an awareness campaign this week.

Qualified beauticians from the company nationally have pledged their own free time to run two-hour beauty workshops for anyone touched by cancer, with free goodie bags of products available.

Hannah, 26, from Hoghton, will be taking part in sessions which run monthly at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

During the week she has been signposting the opportunities while giving beauty consultations in store.

She said: “I wanted to get involved because so many people from every walk of life, including people in my family, have been touched by cancer.

“You sometimes forget how massive applying something like mascara can be to someone who is dealing with cancer.

“I have spoken to ladies who say they look in the mirror and they feel they have lost their facial features such as eyebrows and eyelashes.

“Their skin colour might also have changed because of the treatment, and their face shape might have changed because of steroids.

“To add to this, some ladies lose their hair and they don’t know what colours to go for because they’ve not got anything to match in with.

“All this can be so overwhelming and demoralising, and I want to do something to help these ladies get some confidence back.”

Hannah will be using her six years of experience and beauty qualifications to help at the workshops, along with extra help on make-up for cancer patients provided by the charity.

She added: “As a company we provide free consultations for every customer, but if someone wants to come in and talk to me about cancer then I can help signpost them to the right places.

“Hopefully more people will get to know about the workshops and I will be a familar face, so it puts ladies at ease.”

Marks and Spencer will also be donating 10 per cent of proceeds from certain beauty products towards Look Good Feel Great this week.

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