Cancer survivor auctions off bust for charity

Sudbury artist Michele Webber has helped to raise thousands for a cancer charity. ENGANL00120110921092127
Sudbury artist Michele Webber has helped to raise thousands for a cancer charity. ENGANL00120110921092127
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A talented artist has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity after decorating the cast of a cancer survivor’s breasts.

Sudbury-based visual artist and art tutor Michele Webber has her own survival story to tell, having successfully completed treatment for breast cancer in May.

So she was more than happy to help the fundraising efforts of Kerry Bird, from Bird’s Body Castings in Bury St Edmunds, in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

In the end, the bust she decorated fetched £160 in an internet auction, with 16 further busts raising a total of £2,015.

“I’m really pleased,” she said. “It’s so common and I’ve met so many women since I was diagnosed that were young and healthy.

“Anything that helps raise awareness can only be a good thing. I found my lump myself and I could have just ignored it.

“The level of treatment is getting better all the time and that’s all because of the money raised through donations.”

The 47-year-old, who lives in Hall Rise, Sudbury, first noticed a lump in her breast in December 2013.

Fortunately, the cancer was at an early stage, and was removed before Ms Webber underwent radiotherapy.

She said: “It was such a shock, especially as I’m an active, healthy person.

“My personal projects had to be put on hold for a short while, though I continued to teach art.”

Going for radiotherapy each day for three weeks, Ms Webber said life became a repetition of eating, sleeping and hospital visits.

The Society for All Artists, of which Ms Webber is a member, is also supporting cancer research by offering a special pink edition masking fluid with 50p from each bottle going to the national Breast Cancer Care charity.