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Power workers pick up their paintbrushes for Dean

Talented power workers are picking up their paintbrushes to raise money in support of a colleague diagnosed with incurable blood cancer.

From Press releases - 16 September 2019 12:00 AM

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Dean Wootton, 50, who works for UK Power Networks at their offices in Fore Hamlet, was diagnosed with myeloma at the beginning of the year. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Ipswich Hospital.

Dean has worked at the company for around 20 years and been friends with Mark Barrow all that time. Mark said after the shock of his friend’s diagnosis he wanted to do something to support him and decided to hold a gala evening and art auction featuring works by talented artists at the company.

Mark, who trained in fine art at university and continues to paint, said: “I just wanted to help in some way and raising money for Myeloma UK will make people more aware of this cancer. We have seen the emotional and mental struggle Dean has been going through and hopefully this will be a positive thing for him.

Three other colleagues who paint, including Dean’s wife Sarah, joined in alongside a published poet. The group are coming together for the gala evening on Friday 8th November at Arlington’s in Ipswich where £37.50 tickets will buy a three-course meal and dancing to a DJ plus an auction of artworks.

Staff at the Fore Hamlet office are also taking part in a week of fundraising activities for Myeloma UK. They are raising money by holding a raffle, bake sale, dressing down and four of Dean’s colleagues taking part in the Great East Run on September 22.

Dean, who has come through pneumonia and a collapsed lung, said: “I am overwhelmed by the support and generosity of my friends and colleagues and grateful for everything they are doing to raise money for Myeloma UK. It’s a little known cancer and the charity needs support.”

At any one time there are around 17,500 people living with myeloma in the UK. It accounts for 15 per cent of blood cancers, and two per cent of all cancers. Myeloma mainly affects those over the age of 65, however it has been diagnosed in people much younger.

Tickets available on Arlingtons website https://arlingtons-ipswich.co.uk/events/charity-gala-dinner/

For more information on myeloma see https://www.myeloma.org.uk/