A blooming good cause

Two Oddfellows from Ormskirk and Southport District have taken innovative steps to raise awareness of an important medical condition.

Bonita Hesketh and her partner Ian Strawson have developed a new fuchsia to draw attention to sarcoma – a type of cancer affecting bone and soft tissue.

The fuchsia, named Sarcoma UK, is a cross between two existing fuchsias – a Water Nymph and a Crosby Soroptimist. It was officially unveiled by Bonita and Ian at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

The couple are donating all proceeds from sales of the new plant to the charity from which it takes its name.

Sarcoma UK is the only cancer charity in the UK focusing on all types of sarcoma. It aims to increase awareness, fund ground-breaking research, and support those affected by the disease

Every day in the UK, 10 people are diagnosed with sarcoma. Ian and Bonita have first-hand experience of this after Ian was diagnosed with the condition in 2015. Luckily, his sarcoma was quickly and correctly diagnosed enabling him to receive prompt and effective treatment.

Commenting on the new fuchsia, he said: “Bonita and I were inspired to develop the new Sarcoma UK fuchsia to raise much-needed public awareness of this type of cancer. We hope by doing so we can enable more lives to be saved.”

Lucy Alder, Director of Fundraising at Sarcoma UK, added: “We’re delighted to be the beneficiary of the new fuchsia created by Bonita and Ian. The additional funds and awareness it creates will have a positive and significant impact on our work.”

If you’d like to support Bonita, Ian and Sarcoma UK you can buy the new fuchsia on the Sarcoma UK website.