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TV stylist treats disabled ladies to a Debenhams makeover


Getting their nails done

Two customers of the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability came out feeling on top of the world after full-works makeovers courtesy of Debenhams and TV stylist Jane Galpin.

Sue Godfrey, 47, and Shelley Phillps, 37, were both thrilled when they found out they would be spending a full day with Jane Galpin.

Jane has worked on hit shows like Gok Wan’s How to Look Good Naked and 10 Years Younger and is the co-founder of www.howtolookgood.com. She spent a full morning with the two ladies, selecting outfits to make them look and feel fantastic.

As well as hearing top fashion advice, the ladies got to keep £500 worth of clothes, shoes and bags, and were treated to having their hair, nails and makeup done.

Sue, who has cerebral palsy, visits the Randall Close Resource Centre, a day service run by Leonard Cheshire Disability. She says: “I feel great, and I have had a lovely, exciting day. It was a real treat to have a personal shopping experience at Debenhams. I love my new outfits, and Jane has found me a cocktail dress in my favourite colour – blue. I can’t wait to go to the cocktail party at Randall Close now and I am really looking forward to dancing the night away.”

Jane Galpin

Shelley, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 25, is a regular visitor at St Cecilia’s, a Leonard Cheshire Disability service in Bromley. She says:

Until recently Shelley’s confidence had taken a bit of a knock. She found clothes shopping a bit daunting due to issues such as the lack of space for her wheelchair between aisles and a lack of lifts. “Before the makeover I just didn’t feel attractive any more. This has really helped me to regain my identity and self esteem. It has made me feel like a million dollars.”

Jane Galpin, who made light work of finding a selection of fabulous outfits from across the shop floor, says: “I really enjoyed meeting and styling Sue and Shelley and I think that they are both lovely ladies who really deserve to shine. Let’s hope their confidence boost will help them to become role models to inspire others at Leonard Cheshire Disability to explore new looks and brave shopping trips with friends.”

Leonard Cheshire Disability is working with Debenhams, to help make all our stores fully accessible to disabled people. Last year Debenhams became the first high street retailer to use a disabled model, Shannon Murray, in an advertising campaign for the launch of the Principles by Ben de Lisi fashion range and the positive feedback we got was amazing.

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