People living around Peasedown St John that have been diagnosed with cancer were treated to some festive fun during December, along with their friends and families.
Thanks to funding secured by Bath and North East Somerset Councillor Karen walker (Independent, Peasedown St John) a series of free workshops were held at the village’s Dorothy House Outreach Centre.
Cllr Walker allocated £200 from her Initiative Fund to ensure that cancer sufferers could take part in a range of Christmas and glass ornament making workshops.
Karen, who grew up in Peasedown, lost both her parents to cancer so knows firsthand what impact the disease can have on those that have it, and on their friends and family too.
She said: “Supporting those who’ve been diagnosed with a life changing illness such as cancer is something I care passionately about.
“Over 350,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year, all of whom have a personal story to tell. Most of them will need care, which is why supporting organisations like Dorothy House is paramount, especially when they strive to ensure that independence and personal dignity are retained when looking after someone with cancer.”
Karen’s parents lived in Frederick Avenue, Peasedown St John, for many years before passing away.
Her mother Joan died in 2000, and her father Lloyd three years later in 2003. Lloyd was an active member of Peasedown Methodist Church and has a bench dedicated to him on church grounds for his voluntary work.
Karen added: “The number of people living with cancer in the UK is increasing by 3.2% every year, with a staggering 2.5 million people now currently living with the illness.
“Cancer affects all of us at some point in our lives, so it’s absolutely vital that the work of Dorothy House is supported.”