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Cancer card making challenge goes global

A card making challenge organised by an online crafter is helping to raise funds for the Rosewood Palliative Day Support and Therapy Unit at Dewsbury and District Hospital.

Card maker Gaynor Boyce set a card making challenge on her YouTube channel a few months ago, to help raise money for a number of cancer support services including the Rosewood Centre at Dewsbury and District Hospital, where her friend Lorraine Turner attends. Gaynor has now been sent 4,470 handmade cards in total from all over the world, with cards donated from as far as Australia and Canada.

Her friend patient Lorraine Turner was diagnosed with terminal secondary breast cancer in October 2014 and was initially given three months to live. Gaynor also suffered the loss of her first husband to cancer too.

Lorraine started watching different craft programmes and crafters on YouTube through her laptop.  It was through these craft videos that Lorraine struck up a friendship with Gaynor Boyce regarding her online card making tutorials.

After her spinal operation in August 2015, Lorraine was able to sit for longer periods and walk with sticks.  In 2016 she started attending the Rosewood Centre at Dewsbury and District Hospital for some support.  

The service at the Rosewood Centre offers patients the opportunity to speak to members of the palliative care and therapy team. The team includes professionals in nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, aromatherapy and creative therapy as well as a Welfare Benefits Adviser.

Lorraine has donated 1100 of the handmade cards to the Rosewood Palliative Day Support and Therapy Unit at Dewsbury and District Hospital, and donated the rest of the cards to other local cancer support services.

The money raised from selling the 1100 handmade cards will be shared between the Rosewood Palliative Day Support and Therapy Unit and Kirkwood Hospice.

Catherine Hill, Creative Artist at the Rosewood Palliative Day Support and Therapy Unit said; “We want to help patients living with cancer or another life threatening illness in any way we can. Creative art is a great way for the patients to get across their feelings and emotions or simply for their own enjoyment.

She added; “It helps provide an opportunity to explore and express their emotions via art and as well as meet others in similar situations. The money raised from the handmade cards will help us buy new arts and craft materials, aromatherapy oils and a number of other materials that will benefit our patients. We want to thank both Gaynor and Lorraine for setting this challenge and donating a large number of the cards to us to help us raise money.”

Patient Lorraine Turner added; “I want to thank Gaynor for setting up this Cancer Card Challenge after hearing my story. I never in a million years would have dreamed that I would have so many cards to distribute to help raise money to groups of my choice. I could not wish for a better friend.”
 

The cards are available to buy from the Rosewood Palliative Day Support and Therapy Unit at Dewsbury and District Hospital.