Sarcoma UK is delighted to announce that a new fuchsia named 'Sarcoma UK' will be released at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.
Ian Strawson (photo below) is a retired painter and decorator with a passion for fuchsias. He is a national committee member of the British Fuchsia Society and, together with his partner Bonita Hesketh, has produced a new hybrid which they have named ‘Sarcoma UK’. All proceeds from the sale of this fuchsia will be donated to Sarcoma UK.
Ian says: “In spring 2015 I found a small lump at the back of my left thigh, which started to ache and grow. I went to my GP, who thought it was a cyst but sent me for scans and I was referred to the Royal Liverpool Hospital. The diagnosis was leiomyosarcoma – a soft tissue sarcoma.
"I had an operation nine days later and have made a good recovery – I am clear at the moment. I have been very lucky, with a good GP who sent me for tests. If I hadn’t been diagnosed so early, I might have lost my leg. My reason for releasing this fuchsia is to raise public and medical awareness of this type of cancer. I am very passionate about what I am doing for sarcoma awareness and with your help, hopefully we can save more lives.”
To order your Sarcoma UK fuchsia download the official order form and return it to Ian Strawson (address is on the form). Payment by cheque or postal order only, made payable to Ian Strawson. Plants will be sent by first class post from 1 June 2017. Sarcoma UK cannot take any orders directly.