#ChronicallyFabulous Launch Appeal For Feel-Good Pamper Package Initiative

Do you know someone with a chronic illness who would love to receive a surprise pamper package in the post?

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A Chronically Fabulous Pamper Package ready to be sent to a nominee

Chronically Fabulous, a Northern Ireland photography campaign that challenges perceptions of chronic illness and body positivity, have launched an appeal for donations for the delivery of feel-good care packages to sufferers of chronic illnesses and their carers.

The packages will contain a selection of small gifts such as beauty products, candles, sweets, puzzle books and more to help those living with chronic conditions to“look good, feel good”.

Chronically Fabulous co-founders Felicity McKee and Debbie Deboo launched the campaign with the aim of photographing NI men and women suffering from chronic illness in a way that makes them feel good and promote positive body image.

Felicity McKee, who was Ms Ulster and Ms Queens University Belfast and also suffers from several chronic conditions, teamed up with photographer Debbie Deboo who lives with the debilitating illness M.E., capturing those who have a disability on film in a way they feel comfortable and giving them something amazing for themselves at the end.

Members of the Chronically Fabulous team. Photo credit: Tremaine Gregg. From left to right from back. Tremaine Gregg Debbie Deboo Geri Nolan Felicity McKee Ronan Peden Jackie Mckeown

Members of the Chronically Fabulous team. Photo credit: Tremaine Gregg. From left to right from back. Tremaine Gregg Debbie Deboo Geri Nolan Felicity McKee Ronan Peden Jackie Mckeown

Felicity said: “I believe that if you feel good in that moment, you are happy and content with who you are then this shines through…What makes one person more comfortable isn’t what will work for another, but that’s the point behind this campaign.

“I hope to change self-perceptions as well as societal perception.”

Chronically Fabulous will be sending out pamper packages once every couple of weeks to nominees.

They will also be recognising the role of the carer in the life of someone with a chronic illness and/or disability with a separate Pamper Package initiative for carers to show them they are appreciated.

The campaign has already seen huge success in bringing some feel-good festive joy to a number of nominees.

15202726_1425960174088289_8331788802842096946_nCo-founder Debbie Deboo said: “One girl was so happy with her package she actually bought items for the next box because she wanted to make another person as happy as her.”

Chronically Fabulous are currently appealing for donations to help brighten the lives of people with chronic conditions. If you would like to donate to help with their important work click www.gofundme.com/ChronFab or connect with them on Facebook www.facebook.com/chronicallyfabulousNI for more information.

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Abby Williams
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