Flower Power


A new hybrid fuchsia has been produced by a Skelmersdale couple and is helping to raise funds to help fight a rare form of cancer.

Ian Strawson, a retired painter and decorator, is a national committee member of the British Fuchsia Society and developed the new hybrid with his partner Bonita Hesketh. It was launched at the Chelsea Flower Show and named ‘Sarcoma UK’, after the cancer charity. All proceeds from sales of the plant will be donated to the charity.

Mr Strawson was diagnosed with Sarcoma in 2015. He said: “I had an operation and 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 the fuchsia is to raise public and medical awareness of this type of cancer.”

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