Paint a brighter picture for our patients

 

 Cancer can be physically devastating, but it is emotionally draining too. And it’s these ‘silent’ side-effects that are most often overlooked. This is why the art room service at The Christie is so important.

And it's completely, 100% funded by our fantastic supporters.

Many of our patients say that coping with the emotional effects of cancer, can be as hard – if not harder – than dealing with the physical effects of treatment such as nausea and fatigue. In fact, long after treatment has finished, many patients still report to feeling anxious.

The art room at The Christie has helped many of our patients cope with these effects. They may never have picked up a brush before, but it's somewhere they can escape, and be with others who understand what they're going through. It does something medicine cannot do - it helps them to feel normal again.

With your help we could make further improvements to the facilities and run more classes, so more of our patients can benefit from the sense of community and support that the art room brings.

When we conducted an audit of the art room at The Christie:

100% of patients said the service had changed how they felt about themselves. Many of these changes focused on happiness, confidence and increased sense of self-worth.

100% of patients said the art room made them feel less isolated.

100% would recommend the art room to other patients, and 97% would like to be able to use it more often.

“The art group has been the best medicine to help in my recovery.”  Gillian, Christie patient

 

If you would like to support the art room service please click here

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