Monday to Friday I get an email from Emerald Street, who do the newspaper supplement, Stylist. The great thing about Emerald Street is that when you sign up you can tailor the emails they send you by choosing what you're interested in, be it make up, food, clothes etc. They will also ask you to choose your location and they send you details of local events that you might want to go to.
It is FREE to join up to. In December however, for every new subscriber they get, they will donate £1 to a wonderful campaign called Look Good... Feel Better. It puts on beauty workshops/pamper sessions for women that are going through chemotherapy.
You never really think about how emotionally damaging losing your hair can be until it happens to you. Your hair is part of your identity. It's an extension of your personality and your style. And not only that but you could lose your eyebrows and eyelashes too. Both of which are crucial in giving your face definition. Chemo is hard enough to go through without the radical unwanted body revamp thank you very much!
LGFB teaches these women how to cope with the hair loss and other side effects such as skin changes. And gives tutorials that will help them to apply make up to combat the loss of brows and lashes. Most importantly they connect with other women in the same situation. They lose the feeling of loneliness and get their confidence back.
So if you'd like to do your bit pay attention.
You can donate at JUSTGIVING don't forget to add gift aid, it means for every bit of money you donate, the charity can claim money back from Mr Taxman. So my £10 donation now becomes £12.50.
Or if you want to do something but you're flat broke you can send me your email on twitter @kelligrafie or @mcflymetro and I'll refer you to Emerald Street via a link on my newsletters. And THEY will donate £1 for your new subscription. If you find the newsletter is not to your taste you can always unsubscribe.
It's easy to think this campaign won't affect you but according to Cancer Research, in the UK more than 1 in 3 people will develope some form of cancer. So statistically, out of you, your mum and your grandmother, at least one of you may get cancer. And lose your hair... and your eyebrows... and your confidence. Still think LGFB is irrelevant?
Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie