Angel faces get burns club help

21st February 2012. Burns patients from Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, who are to go on the Angel Faces retreat in America.Pictured from left, Tracy Foster (Burns Club Leader), Bryany Naylor, Bianca Saunders and Pam Smith.
21st February 2012. Burns patients from Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, who are to go on the Angel Faces retreat in America.Pictured from left, Tracy Foster (Burns Club Leader), Bryany Naylor, Bianca Saunders and Pam Smith.

Two girls who suffered horrific burns are to become the first in the country to try out American treatments to heal their emotional scars.

Bianca Saunders, 16, and Bryany Naylor, 13, are going with the Burns Club at Pinderfields Hospital to the Angel Faces retreat in California.

They will get to experience first hand how the centre for teenage girls with disfigurements helps to build self-esteem through make overs and pampering days.

The experience has been funded with the help of Pam Smith, of Nostell Coaching, after being inspired by a visit to the American centre.

Miss Naylor, from Leeds, still requires operations for the severe burns she suffered to her face and body in an accident 10 years ago.

She said: “When I meet people I always think: ‘what are they going to say about how I look?’ - it will build my confidence so I won’t worry about my burns and put myself down.”

Mrs Smith raised £2,500 for the trip and needs to raise another £1,000.

She said: “The testimonials were inspiring and when I got back I thought there would be an opportunity to work with Pinderfields burns unit and help some local teenagers.”

Both girls are part of the Burns Club at Pinderfields Hospital that provides activities to build the confidence of young burns patients, and also supports their families.

Play specialist Tracy Foster, who runs the club, said: “I am hoping their confidence is built from it and they learn that just because you have been burned, you can still look gorgeous.

“I’m hoping to bring something back from this for the burns club in the future.”