Rebecca helps her ‘haven’

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When Rebecca Carrie was recovering from breast cancer she found support and solace in The Haven – and now she is giving something back.

The psychiatrist is holding an open studio and exhibition of her batik art work, with 20 per cent of the sales going to the care centre in Leeds.

Her batik pictures, scarves, ties, hats and cards will be on show and sale at Yorkshire Wolds Gallery, near Staxton, on Saturday April 6 and Sunday April 7, daily from 10am to 4pm. There will also be a raffle.

Rebecca was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago and underwent surgery and radiotherapy.

“WhenI was feeling extremely isolated The Haven provided me with a very supportive and friendly environment,” said the mum of two.

“They helped to make my 
recovery process easier.”

Rebecca is married to GP Donald and they live in Sherburn with their two children, daughter Helen, 21, and son Alex, 18.

She first became inspired by batik more than 30 years ago when she was a student in Malaysia.

Following her return to the UK she attended batik classes and pursued the technique as a hobby while working as a doctor and bringing up her two children.

“After my treatment I decided to do more of the things I enjoy,” said Rebecca, whose studio at the gallery overlooks swathes of the Wolds.

Since her recovery, she has raised £950 for The Haven from sales of her batik work and the rental of her holiday cottage, Easthorpe Lodge, near Castle Howard.

“I’m glad to be able to give something back to The Haven, raising vital funds and consequently raising awareness among breast cancer sufferers of the crucial support that The Haven offers,” said Rebecca.

Meeting other women who were going through treatment as well as being able to have one-to-one acupuncture appointments, de-stress and relaxation sessions were among the benefits Rebecca found at the centre. “It gave me a huge amount of support – it was literally a haven for me,” she said.

The Haven is a unique charity that supports anyone affected by breast cancer either from its three Haven centres in London, Hereford and Leeds or over the phone,

Its service are fre. It provides a wide range of therapies and approaches to help cancer sufferers cope with the physical and emotional effects of breast cancer and its treatment.

Specialist cancer nurses and experts in emotional support, complementary therapies, nutrition, exercise and stress reduction provide a personalised and unique programme of supportive care.

Anyone affected by breast cancer is welcome, women and men. It does not matter where you live and you do not need a referral from your doctor,

The Haven in Leeds is at: 4-5 The Gateway West, East Street, Leeds. 0113 284 7829