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Valerie Lepedat- Co - founder of Aurora

Val's Story
In 1997, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. On the eve of my mastectomy operation, I met three more ladies also waiting for the same operation. We all became good friends, supporting and helping each other through our cancer journeys.
The nursing staff were first class and the surgeon and oncologist were second to none. The only disadvantage was dealing with the physical and psychological side effects.
I lost my hair, became fat through taking steroids and was constantly depressed. My self-esteem suffered and I also experienced difficulty coming to terms with my prosthesis.
My friends and I thought how wonderful it would be if there was a place to meet, non-medical, comfortable and relaxing. Somewhere we could discuss our problems in private, and be helped to come to terms with hair loss, skin care and generally be advised individually.
An oasis where we could be PAMPERED, a beauty salon for cancer patients.
The forward thinking management at Doncaster Royal Infirmary were extremely supportive of the idea. In 2002 they set aside a facility in the chemotherapy suite (the dream was being realised).
Initial funding; including set up costs and salary for a part time professional beauty therapist was secured from the Fred & Ann Green Legacy, left to benefit patients of the Doncaster & Bassetlaw NHS Trust for non-medical services.
In September 2002, the dream became a reality. A unique beauty salon with a difference opened to cancer patients in and aroundDoncaster. The centre was named AURORA.
All cancer patients both men and women are offered six treatments of their choice. Everyone is warmly welcomed by our kind and thoughtful volunteers and beauty therapists. The Aurora centre provides an uplifting environment at a time when patients feel vulnerable and uncertain about the future.
In 2005, our second centre was opened in Mexborough Montagu Hospital by our patron, Carolyn Hodgson.
The centres have no secure funding and are reliant upon donations and fundraising.
Written by Aurora's founder member, Valerie Lepedat.
Val sadly lost her cancer battle in November 2010 but her legacy in Aurora still lives on.

 

What the Aurora means to me

It is a place where people meet, who are not well, people who have cancer.
There are sad times and happy times, but there is so much love here, it could make the world go round.
It's a place where we can celebrate life and it means so much to me
Doug Atkins

Pat Savory

The Aurora Centre had a massive positive effect on my sisters life. She was intoduced to the Aurora when her cancer returned for the second time. She met the most amazing friends through the Fashion Show, which she took part in, in 2009 and 2010. She described the experience as one of the best things she had ever done, the support  from all involved gave her the courage to fight the cancer. The treatments she had at the Aurora Centre were very relaxing and also made her feel very special. The Aurora also make all the family feel special too. My sister has sadly lost her fight for life but I have kept intouch with the friends we made through the Aurora and still have their support. I still support the Aurora models, they are an inspiration to all.

Rachel Heeley

Rachel, Model from the 2010 & 2011 Fashions Shows said :-
"Please mention just how important the Aurora was to me. It made me the person I am today, and give me the excellent oulook on life I have today... without Aurora's support I most certainly wouldn't be this strong xx."
 
 

Contact

Aurora Wellbeing: 03000 111 202

and follow directions to one of our centres

 

Aurora Centre DRI: 01302 553198

 


Registered charity numbers:
1142015 & 1057917

Registered charity address:
The Old Bakery, Finningley, Doncaster DN9 3BT