The Living Tree, now well established as a self-help centre for people who have experienced cancer and their families or carers, began life two years ago and is now flourishing.
Initial start-up funding came from Macmillan and other contributors include West Dorset District Council, Dorset Cancer Network, Bridport Carnival, and Brit Valley Rotary. The aim of The Living Tree is to offer friendship, creative activities and holistic therapies and relevant diet and lifestyle information for anyone with any cancer. Founding members are Jo O’Farrell and Jo Millar.
Jo O’Farrell said: “One misty Saturday 20 members and friends of The Living Tree cancer support group took part in a sponsored walk to Sylvia’s Bench on Thorncombe Beacon, followed by an excellent tea at Downhouse Farm.
“Through generous sponsorship and donations, £1,420 was raised for The Fortuneswell Cancer Trust at Dorset County Hospital which gives support to so many cancer patients.”
The Living Tree was granted charitable status in February last year. Members come from the surrounding areas of west Dorset, east Devon and south Somerset. Everyone is at various stages in their experience of cancer – some recently diagnosed, others undergoing treatment, some in remission, others post-cancer. For more information visit thelivingtree.org.uk.