Scunthorpe art-with-heart project will provide treasured keepsakes of loved ones
A COMMUNITY artist whose mother recently lost her battle with cancer is planning a project to help people capture memories of lost loved ones.
Charlotte Carson, 36, is set to apply for lottery funding for the project, which will turn people's memories into artwork.
Mrs Carson's mother, Jean Lefley, died at Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe on December 28, aged 64, after battling inoperable cancer for a year and a half.
Mrs Carson gave up work to concentrate on caring for her mother after the diagnosis.
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She penned a blog during this period that gained national attention.
And she said it was during this time that she realised she may be able to make a difference to other families going through similar pain.
She said: "Everybody is affected by cancer and I realised by spending a year and a half going to different appointments actually how much I knew.
"Sometimes, just saying hello or having a conversation with someone can mean so much.
"There are a lot of people who do fantastic work and it made me realise how important it is to cherish memories."
Mrs Carson, of Scunthorpe, said her mother was the reason she was planning the project.
She said: "Her strength was amazing and I drew my strength through her coping with it and my whole family did.
"Her passing away made me think there was a lot I could do and I have got a creative slant as well."
Mrs Carson said the project would help people turn memories such as photographs or keepsakes into artwork.
This could be in the form of prints, paintings, textile works or other media.
A series of workshops are set to be held and Mrs Carson said she hoped they could be subsidised using lottery cash.
She said: "I am in the primary stages of planning the project at the moment.
"I have worked as a community artist for 12 years and I am going to apply for lottery funding for the project and work with people from across the community.
"It is going to be a making memories project, so it doesn't have to be people affected by cancer, it could be anything."
Mrs Carson's blog, written during her mother's illness and afterwards, was designed to be therapeutic.
It led to positive feedback after a link to an article about her mother's death was posted by Radio 4 broadcaster Emma Freud on social network Twitter.
She said: "I got amazing feedback and what really struck me was I got so much feedback from people saying they had phoned their mum and told her they loved her."
And she said she hoped the making memories project could be expanded to include blogs.
Any existing groups which would be interested in getting involved with the project can e-mail Mrs Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org