Artists exhibit at Headley for pancreatic cancer charity

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Thursday 19th October 2017 3:24 pm
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ARTISTS from across the south will be coming together in Headley to raise money for charity in memory of a man who lost his battle with cancer.

More than 20 amateur and professional artists from Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and beyond are coming together to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK by holding an art and craft show in the village.

The event is being organised by Freda Line, from Headley, who wishes to raise money for the charity in memory of her late husband Tim. He died in 2014 aged just 65.

Freda (62), said: “My darling husband died a couple of years ago. He had recently retired and after diagnosis only survived five months.

“I wanted to put on the show because Tim always encouraged my art work.

“Local art colleagues have really helped me get through the last couple of difficult years.

“In addition, I’ve been surprised at just how many people I’ve met who have been affected by this disease and I’m really touched by my friends’ generosity in donating such beautiful pieces.”

Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in the UK and is predicted to become the fourth largest cancer killer, overtaking breast cancer, by 2030.

Freda added: “It means a lot. So many people have come up to me or have sent me a note to say that their relative died of pancreatic cancer.

“It’s very little talked about because it’s so devastating and so fast. People just don’t know about it.”

Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only national charity fighting the disease on all fronts, by offering support and information, campaigning on behalf of patients and families, and funding crucial research into the disease.

Leeann Wilmer, head of events, community and individual giving at Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “We are delighted Freda is fundraising for us and we would like to wish her and all the other artists the very best of luck.”

The exhibition will offer an opportunity to purchase original art, glass, crafts and quilted products – at prices to suit all pockets.

As well as wine, and other refreshments, there will be a raffle and a silent auction.

The free entry show takes place on Friday evening and all day Saturday in Headley Church Centre.

To find out more about the charity, visit www.pan creaticcancer.org.uk

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