Caroline’s on mission to give breast cancer sufferers a star makeover

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Hair loss was one of the worst things about breast cancer for Caroline Monk .

And she has made it her mission to make women who are diagnosed look and feel like a million dollars.

The former Kettlethorpe High School pupil came up with the idea for the makeover project, Caroline’s Campaign, while working as a columnist for Closer magazine.

She said: “I was getting 500 emails a week, and most of them were from women who were worried about the effect the cancer and treatment were having on their looks. I realised there weren’t any charities or schemes around that could help them feel better about themselves, so I started my own.

“I know what the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy can do to you inside and out, and how it can take away all that feels feminine, like your hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. My team aims to make women be as glamorous as they can be during and after treatment.”

Makeover events have been held across the UK and the next one will be at Room 97 hair salon in Wakefield, on Monday, October 21.

Eyebrow tatooists, make-up artists, nail technicians and hairdressers will all be on hand to transform successful nominees, who will also get a new outfit to complete their new look.

The salon’s owner Marcello Moccia offered to host the event after Ms Monk’s mum and sister, who are customers, were also diagnosed with breast cancer.

Ms Monk hit the headlines in 2005 after she was happy slapped by a gang of youths in London while out with no wig.

She said: “Mum was diagnosed three months after me, and my sister was diagnosed in March. Marcello has always been keen to help in any way he could.”

The 44-year-old celebrity manager for the children’s charity Variety, had a break from the campaign for a year, but decided to kick-start the makeover events after a health scare. She said: “They found a shadow on one of my test results. It was fine, but it brought back the feelings I had after my diagnosis and I felt ready to start the campaign again.”

Anyone who wants to donate products for the winners’ goody bags should email caroline.monk@gmail.com

Nominations can be made via the same email address. Please include the person’s name, reasons for nominating and your contact details. The closing date for nominations is Friday, September 27.