I've also set up a group called Creative Arts Against Cancer, which runs poetry and art workshops. And I work for a local support group for cancer sufferers and their families. It's based in Macclesfield, but people come from all over the North-west. In the past I've done all sorts: fostering, prison visiting, work with disadvantaged children."
Why she does it: "My own son, Mark, died of lymphoma [a cancer that affects the lymph nodes] in 1971, at the age of eight. I'd always done voluntary work, but after Mark's death I started getting more involved. Then in 1988, I was diagnosed as having non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which I found pretty devastating, especially after my son. It was like a nightmare replay. I began to find writing very therapeutic and thought it would help other people, too."
Pros: "People get such a lot out of Patchwork, we get so much positive feedback. It could be a miserable booklet, but it isn't - there's a lot of humour. When you've got cancer, there are so many feelings to work through: aggression, anger, fear. It's good if people can voice them."
Cons: "It takes a tremendous amount of energy. I'm going through chemotherapy, and supporting other people can be exhausting. Just before going to the printers it's a lot of work, you can never relax."
Cost: pounds 700-800 annually, funded mostly through donations.
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