Beauty students pamper hospice patients

Beauty students are helping patients at a local hospice improve their wellbeing by treating them to pamper sessions, for the second consecutive year.

Level 3 Beauty Therapy students from New College Durham are attending The Living Well Centre at St Cuthbert’s Hospice Day Care Centre in Durham on the first Monday of every month.  Students treat patients with long term illnesses to various relaxation and therapeutic treatments including hand care treatments, mini facials and Indian Head Massages.

Karina Winter, Beauty Lecturer at New College Durham, said:

“It’s great to return to St Cuthbert’s Hospice and seeing the regular day care patients from last year. It’s also fantastic to be supporting a local charity and helping our students gain skills and experience in this specialist care sector.”

In addition to giving back to the local community, the monthly pamper sessions help the students gain valuable employability skills in the care sector and help the patients improve their quality of life.

Level 3 Beauty Therapy student, Krystal Langers, who is 32 and from Chester-le-Street said:

“It is a privilege to be working with these lovely clients, who are coping with life-limiting illnesses. It’s so rewarding knowing you've had an impact and made them feel relaxed and good about themselves.”

Julie Brown, Day Care Manager at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, said:

“It’s lovely to see the beauty team from New College Durham again. The students are so professional and have a lovely manner with our day care patients.”

Image 1: Megan Bradley 

Image 2: Michaela Barber with patient Colin Wilkinson

Image 3: Krystal Langers with patient Anne Teasdale.

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