Talented artist battling four types of cancer selling works for Lindsey Lodge Hospice
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: April 23, 2016
A NORTH Lincolnshire artist who is battling metastatic cancer to four sites- a terminal type of cancer and is fundraising for Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
Dennis Nash, 69, who has sold paintings around the world, has been told by doctors that he is unlikely to live past July.
But after receiving help from the hospice, he is determined to sell off his paintings to raise money.
He said: “To be totally honest, when it was first suggested that I go to the hospice, my first thought was that to be surrounded with people in a similar situation to myself with a limited life expectancy, I thought I might find it morbid.
“But the hospice has been the best thing that has happened to me since being diagnosed with terminal cancer, I’ve found it very stimulating.
“The care is fantastic and I can’t thank the hospice and its staff and volunteers enough which is why I am having this sale to help others benefit from the service.
“Now that my life expectancy is so short I want to help them and it helps myself because it gives me focus. I get up quite early in the studio and I start painting by 7.30am. It’s like having a target for me.”
Mr Nash’s artwork has been purchased in Japan, America and Malta. One of his paintings was even sent to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s private secretary apartment.
Mr Nash, who describes his art works as impressionist realism, was diagnosed with cancer around Christmas 2014.
He said: “At the time I had been being treated for a year for something different to cancer.
“I went to the surgeon because I was getting no better and I was surprised when they said that I had a massive cancer that they didn’t know if they could operate on.
“Without treatment I was told I would live six months and with treatment I was told I had 18 months, which takes me to about mid-July.”
The cancer has now spread from Mr Nash’s bowel to his stomach, liver and lymph nodes.
“Because it has spread, it means it is inoperable,” he said.
“I am not scared. I am 69 years old and I have had a really busy life.
“It is easy to say ‘why me I’ve lived a healthy life’ but small children get it and they have to fight it.”
The sale of his artwork is taking place on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 at Scawby Village Hall between 10am and 4pm each day.
Mr Nash, who has two daughters and two step-sons and lives in Hibaldstow, hopes to be able to attend.