A CANCER sufferer has praised the work of volunteers who turned out to help tidy up her garden.
Irene Kemp, from Redruth has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and had struggled with her garden.
Irene was diagnosed with breast cancer in her other breast seven-years-ago and her husband took on the work of the garden.
But her husband was unable to do so again and volunteers from a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, Volunteer Cornwall and Cornwall Council have all pulled together to help out.
Irene said: “I am a very keen gardener and have previously won prizes, sadly seven years ago I had breast cancer and though I could not do the garden, my husband did it for me and we won a prize.
“Since then I have been in good health. We moved back to Redruth 15 months ago and tackled our garden, we have a fruit area, lawn and flower beds and a what was a lovely vegetable patch.
“Sadly I have been re-diagnosed with breast cancer in the other breast, so gardening is not an option for me now, and my husband is unable to help. I would welcome any help to make it more manageable, like grassing the vegetable area.”
Three volunteers spent the day weeding and then digging over the vegetable patch to get it ready for seeding and both Irene and her husband were delighted with the help received.
The project links in with the Council’s Employee Volunteering Scheme to recruit volunteers, who then provide a home and garden makeover service for people living with or affected by cancer locally.
Macmillan has invested £20,000 to fund the project.
Referrals are taken from local community and hospital based nurses and other support workers.
Project officer, Martin Webb said; “It’s great to provide practical support and assistance to people affected by cancer that makes a real difference; it can be distressing for people when they are unable to maintain their home or garden as they once could, and this project has helped to provide this support when they need it most.”
If you would like to know more about the project, contact Martin directly at Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266991 or 07595 202410, or email MartinW@volunteercornwall.org.uk