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Weʼre raising £20,000 to convert a van to provide a luxury mobile beauty service to help those with cancer/recieving cancer treatment

Didcot, UK

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Let's bring beauty on tour for those going through cancer!

I am looking to start a social enterprise to help others who are going through the minefield that is cancer. I want to convert a van to create a luxury beauty salon that will provide high quality beauty treatments wherever my client prefers. It will be a safehaven that will provide a service for those going through treatment or who are post treatment for cancer.

As a previous cancer patient, I understand that apperance, alongside the worry of exposure to infections, are the main factors as to why a client undergoing cancer treatment may not venture out. By bring the salon to them I will be preventing them from the exposure of other salon clients, who may not realise the importance of their health, as well as improving their sense of wellbeing.

At 28, I was diagnosed with vaginal cancer. It was very aggressive and metastasesised to my lungs. For the past 2 years, I've had countless treatments to combat the cancer and for a period of time they've managed to stabalise it.

Throughout my diagnosis I have blogged about my treatments and the effects it has had on me physically and mentally. I've been trying to raise awareness in the importance of gynae health, as well as using it as an imformative platform for those uneducated about cancer and the treatments specific to me. I would like to now develop things further, by combining my wealth of experience in the beauty industry and my new knowledge and understanding of cancer. The beauty bus will not only help others it will provide a crutch of stabalisation for me in the hope that it will keep my cancer at bay.

Feel free to read more about my story with cancer here on my blog Happy Smiling Cancer Girl

70% of spas and salons in the industry have a blanket ‘no treatment’ policy for those who have cancer or are post cancer by 5 years.

The British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmotology (BABTAC) released a statement at the start of the year to clarify the situation. You can read more about their veiws on cancer and beauty treatments here.

Historically, therapists were advised not to treat clients with cancer, due to the unquantified impact this may have on the person's health and illness. Now however, clinical research highlights the benefits of massage therapy and other treatments for improving a client's overall sense of health and wellbeing, and there is no reason that they shouldn't enjoy treatments.

With a lack of understanding, therapists can unintentionally isolate those wanting a treatment due to the emotional impact it can have on the therapist. Cancer can come in many forms, and with therapists not having a good knowledge and understanding of it, they can feel intimidated by adapting treatments to suit cancer clients and not provide a professional and quality service.

With my extensive accreditations in beauty therapy, and a diploma in oncology beauty therapy, I will provide a personalised service for each client using products that will relieve the strains cancer and its treatments can leave on the body. With prior understanding of the effects that cancer can have mentally and physically, I can create a safehaven where a client will feel comfortable, without invading their personal space. I can also share my knowledge I have gained from cancer and put clients in touch with relevant charities or associations if needed.

If I had an extensive source of funding then I would love to convert an RV, however I think I'm being a bit too ambitious here! haha. So, I'm starting small and hopefully, one day, I'll be able to grow it so I can hit that goal and may be, if successful, have a fleet of beauty buses! ...too ambitious?

For more updates, you can follow my story on Instagram and Facebook under @happysmilingcancergirl

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  • Amanda Hayes4 days ago
    Amanda Hayes

    Amanda Hayes

    4 days ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Not all donations appear on here as a lot is happening behind the scenes! The mind is busy with ideas for events so I'll keep you updated on future plans. Thank you all for being so kind with your donations! Keep on sharing and we'll get there soon. Xxx

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  • Amanda Hayes10 days ago
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    Amanda Hayes

    10 days ago
    Update from the Page owner

    WOW!! What a weekend! Thank you so much for your shares and donations already!! It has taken off so well and so quickly! The love and support shown so far has been incredible. Apologies for not getting back to everyone over the weekend... I escaped for a few days to Scotland! I was wracked with nerves the whole time as you never know if your idea looks good to others! haha.

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Page last updated on: 9/20/2018 7:18 PM

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  • Heather

    Heather

    Sep 20, 2018

    With your positivity and determination Amanda may you stay strong and well

    £30.00

  • Christine Shimmings

    Christine Shimmings

    Sep 18, 2018

    Good luck Amanda!

    £20.00

  • Tracey Macdonald

    Tracey Macdonald

    Sep 17, 2018

    Hope you reach your goal I have two friends just starting their journey with cancer and wish this was already in place to help them feel better and beautiful no matter what lies ahead

  • Karen Irish

    Karen Irish

    Sep 17, 2018

    Good luck Amanda. Love Karen & Andrew xx

    £30.00

  • Lyndsay McLennan

    Lyndsay McLennan

    Sep 14, 2018

    Incredible :) I can’t wait to see what you do! ❤️

  • Carol Creed

    Carol Creed

    Sep 13, 2018

    Such an inspirational young lady. What a fantastic idea, it will mean a great deal to those who get to use it.Lots of luck and I hope you reach your target soon! Much love from Hollie's mum xxx

    £20.00

  • Mike.  Friend of Hilary

    Mike. Friend of Hilary

    Sep 13, 2018

    Good luck with venture good idea

    £50.00

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Amanda Hayes

Amanda Hayes

Didcot, UK

I'm Amanda aka The Happy Smiling Cancer Girl, living life with metastatic vaginal cancer. I've been blogging about my experience with cancer for over a year now. My next adventure is to use my experience in the beauty industry and help those affected by cancer and its treatments

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