When artist Sam, aka Lymphoma Lass, was looking for inspiration for a submission to the annual Visual Arts Cheshire charity calendar, her followers on social media suggested she capture an iconic local landmark – the bread cooling towers at Roberts Bakery in Northwich. Now the original artwork hangs proudly in the bakery’s reception at head office after asking Sam if they could donate to Lymphoma Action in order to purchase the piece.
'It was such a generous offer, and I am delighted that the proceeds from the piece were donated to Lymphoma Action' says Sam. 'They work so hard supporting people affected by lymphoma, and were a tremendous support to me during my diagnosis and treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma throughout 2015 and 2016.'
'Now I am in remission, I want to do whatever I can to support others who are going through the same thing' she continues. 'I suspect I’ll never be able to run a marathon, or take part in an endurance cycling event, but I can use my love of art and creativity to fundraise and create awareness.'
'Art has always played an important role in my life, but even more so throughout my journey with lymphoma' she adds. 'It helped me to find some calm as I soldiered on though treatment and dealt with the side effects affecting my mobility. Although having cancer is utterly awful, it gave me the opportunity to turn back to doing what I love, and pursue my childhood dream of becoming a full time creative. For that, I will always be grateful.'
'We would like to say a huge thank you to Sam, and to Roberts Bakery' adds Sarah Thorn, Community and Partnerships Manager at Lymphoma Action. 'We all admire Sam’s work, and are so grateful for her support. From the fabulous crocheted Periwinkle brooches that she designed for us, through to her latest artwork generously purchased by Roberts Bakery, we continue to be impressed by the creativity of Lymphoma Lass!'
2021 is an important year for Lymphoma Action as we celebrate our 35 year anniversary! Throughout the year we’ve had a special focus on ‘positive mental wellbeing’ as this reflects everything we do every day to support people affected by lymphoma. As this story demonstrates, taking the time to do something creative can help your mental wellbeing. Slowing down and getting into a creative flow can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
Published: 10 September 2021