Please read the following statement from our board of trustees:

“It is with great regret that we have to announce the closure of Arts for Cancer. We have taken this difficult decision after an assessment of the financial forecast position. This indicates the organisation is no longer sustainable.

Over the next two months we will be working to ensure as smooth a closure  as possible, with current commitments that extend into next year being handed over as appropriate, and staff will continue to be available during this period.

We are very proud of all that Arts for Cancer Cornwall has achieved in its 14 years of operation and hope that other organisations and individuals will be able to take forward the legacy.

We would like to thank all those staff members, volunteers, practitioners, partners, supporters and participants who have enabled Arts for Cancer Cornwall to achieve all that it has, including winning a number of prestigious national awards and advancing the role of the arts and creativity for health and wellbeing. You have been a pleasure to work with.

We are deeply sorry to have to communicate this decision, but the increasingly challenging economic climate for small charities has required some tough decisions to be made. Our decision in no way reflects upon our staff who have been ceaseless in their efforts to try to ensure a future for the organisation.

Sharon Howard has been our Director for the last 11 years. She has worked tirelessly for the organisation successfully creating partnerships with the public,volunteers and community organisations. Her enthusiasm and commitment to the organisation have been constant and she has raised the profile of Arts for Cancer Cornwall to a national and international level. We have been so lucky in having Sharon at the helm for those years and appreciate the influence she has had for the benefit of the people of Cornwall and further afield. We wish her every success in the future.

Maria DiCarlo has been with us since last summer and has quickly become an important member of our team. She has provided invaluable support for Sharon and her cheerful efficient attitude has been a welcome addition to the organisation. We thank her for the contribution she has made and wish her well in the future.

If you have valued the work of our organisation, please do not let it be forgotten, but find ways to take it forward in your professional and personal lives so that the benefits of arts for health and wellbeing in Cornwall and beyond can continue to be demonstrated.

Please help us by sharing this announcement with anyone who ought to be informed.”