Come along to the Warrington Art Galley in Cheshire to support CLIC Sargent and 19-year-old student Holly in her first solo art exhibition.
Holly Hamer was diagnosed with the rare condition rhabdomyosarcoma in December 2013 and it was soon after this that she was introduced to CLIC Sargent Social Worker James George based at The Christie.
Holly credits James for helping her 'so much' through a really difficult time and it's because of this that she has decided to donate some of the proceeds from the sales of her pieces to CLIC Sargent.
The exhibition is set to launch on Friday 1 July and will run from Saturday 2 July until Saturday 10 September. The gallery is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm and entry is free.
Behind the paintings
The work created during her treatment depicts how Holly dealt with and continues to deal with aspects of her cancer journey and includes a self-portrait which shows the porthacath under the skin, a device that is fitted to receive chemotherapy through.
Holly said: "Whilst I was going through treatment, most of the time I felt like no one realised how hard the struggles I faced were, and how much pain I was in. The portacath underneath my skin was like a metaphor for how I felt, because people didn’t notice it being there most of the time. It represents how much better I looked on the outside compared to how I felt on the inside."
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Maria Healy said: "After speaking with Holly, it's clear how important art was and continues to be to her, I feel really honoured to be invited along and represent CLIC Sargent who she gives so much credit to following her diagnosis.
"We are also grateful to Holly for her kind gesture of making a donation to CLIC Sargent which could go towards us supporting another young person in continuing doing what they love."