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Dry July Proudly Supporting Look Good Feel Better

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Dry July is proudly supporting Look Good Feel Better in 2019.

Look Good Feel Better is a charity that provides free, community-based programmes for any person, facing any cancer, at any time.

Look Good Feel Better Classes support cancer patients impacted by the visible and emotional effects of their diagnosis and treatment. The visible and invisible impact can rob patients of their identity. Look Good Feel Better helps to bring a boost, a day away from treatment, an opportunity to connect, and learn techniques to help them feel more like their normal selves.

Look Good Feel Better helps people with cancer to look and feel more like their normal selves. The classes include tips, tricks and techniques to help participants recognize the person in the mirror.
Participants take away packs and information to continue to use the techniques they have learnt in their everyday lives – whether it’s to return to work, the school gate pick up, a trip to the grocery store, a special event.

Funds raised through the Dry July New Zealand campaign will enable funding for even more Look Good Feel Better workshops across New Zealand.

Latest Updates

Water Coolers in Auckland

Auckland District Health Board will use a portion of Dry July funds to purchase new water coolers for patient treatment rooms.

Patients can and do suffer from nausea and vomiting as a consequence of their cancer and the treatment. By having easily accessible cold filtered water, it encourages patients to drink, and this helps to minimise dehydration. 

Patients have said they do not like the metallic taste of the tap water but they really enjoy drinking the filtered water, therefore having additional water coolers in the patients treatment rooms will be of great benefit to the patients.

New Mattresses for Nurse Maude Hospice

“Early this year, Nurse Maude Hospice received 4 alternating air overlay mattresses through the Dry July funding. These mattresses have been in current use since delivery in the inpatient Hospice area for those patients with cancer who are receiving palliative care. The mattresses provide not only pressure area care but also bring relief and comfort and enable patients to sleep better. Previous to owning these mattresses Nurse Maude Hospice were hiring mattresses on a daily basis. The money saved from hiring is now being put to other use in providing specialist palliative care.

The whole team at Nurse Maude Hospice are very grateful for all those who abstained (no mean feat!) over the month of July and for the donations received to enable the purchase of such important equipment. Thank you so much for your support.”

Jane Rollings, Hospital and Hospice Palliative Service Manager 

Nurse Maude’s Hospice Palliative Care service is provided across the greater Canterbury region, including Kaikoura, Ashburton, Banks Peninsula, Hanmer Springs and across the West Coast. 

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Northern Region Haematology and BMT Unit in Auckland

Dry July funds have gone towards the fit-out and furnishing of the new Northern Region Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Auckland. 

This is a purpose-built facility that will promote wellness and provide an outstanding environment for patients. It has been co-designed with patients and families, with features aimed at improving the quality of care and healing process for patients. 

Dry July helped to fund projects such as the installation of wall murals to brighten up wards, the purchase of TV’s and carer beds for patient rooms, and a “Dry July” room - a welcoming space for patients and families to spend time while receiving treatment.

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Brightening up Christchurch Hospital

Canterbury DHB has used Dry July donations to purchase six electric beds and two patient chairs for the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, as well as twelve news patient chairs for their Chemotherapy Day Ward. 

As always, the hospital is so grateful for the DJs who raise funds to improve the wellbeing of adult cancer patients.

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Improving Patient Experience in Waitemata

Waitemata DHB used Dry July funds to purchase tablets for the Cancer Nurse Coordinators to use with patients. Pictured, Clinical Nurse Specialist Breast Cancer Coordinator Louise Bobbitt shows Sandra Sheene Lead Cancer Coordinator how the devices are being used to provide patients with information.

The devices can be used anywhere - on wards, in the out-patients department and in the Breast Cancer Nurses clinical area. Louise says using the device has really expanded how she can share information with patients.

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