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Open weekend at the Sewing Barn near Brailsford

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

Carol Woodward

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A BUSINESSWOMAN is using the first year anniversary of starting her company to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.

Carol Woodward owns the Sewing Barn at Ednaston Home Farm Studios, near Brailsford, and will be hosting an anniversary open weekend at the workshops to raise funds for the Brain Tumour charity.

Carol’s 48-year-old sister Ruth was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour five years ago.

An original operation to remove the tumour left Ruth with impaired vision and problems with her balance. She was not able drive, but she could walk with support.

Then in 2012 a scan showed that the tumour had re-grown.

A second operation was more invasive and Ruth spent 11 months in a rehabilitation hospital in Burslem, Stoke on Trent.

Carol said: “My lovely sister is now in a wheel chair, her vision is more impaired and she has the added problem of having ataxia which is involuntary muscle movement and this means she is unable to even feed herself.

“Her cognitive ability hasn’t been affected and her speech, following therapy, is almost perfect. Her husband has given up his work to become her full time carer and they are getting used to a different way of life.”

The two day event is being held from 10am until 4pm on June 28 and 29.

Visitors will enjoy an exhibition of projects completed by people who have attended workshops at the Sewing Barn, including quilts, cushions and wall hangings.

Admission is free, and Carol said she is aiming to raise as much as possible for the Brain Tumour charity through the sale of raffle tickets, which can be purchased in advance from the Sewing Barn, and from the sale of refreshments over the weekend.

She said: “There are some fantastic prizes on offer, including a Pfaff sewing machine, 8 yard skip hire, handmade quilt, £50 Mettler sewing threads and many other lovely prizes kindly donated by local businesses and individuals.”

More than 9,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year.

Louise Taylor, the Brain Tumour charity’s director of fundraising, said: “Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and, unlike other cancers, survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years.

“We are leading the way in changing this and truly fighting brain tumours on all fronts through our work, including a £2.5m investment into research this year alone.”

The charity receives no government funding and relies on voluntary donations. Mr Taylor said: “It’s only through the efforts of people like Carol that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”

The raffle will be drawn at 2pm on Sunday, June 29.

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