THE work of a West Berkshire artist is being sold in her memory to raise funds and awareness about the disease that she died from.
Dorothy Aromando was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of cancer that can develop in tissue covering the lungs or abdomen and is often linked to asbestos dust exposure, in October 2014 and died in February 2015.
In many cases, the cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos and it can take 30 to 50 years before it is diagnosed.
Mrs Aromando, who ran Hamstead Marshall’s White Hart Inn with her husband Nicky during the 1980s and 90s, was a keen artist and left her daughter Susanna hundreds of works upon her death.
One of the paintings was made into a printed T-shirt and received such a positive response that people suggested that a charity be set up in her mother’s memory, said Miss Aromando.
The Dorothy Aromando Art Fund sells Mrs Aromando’s limited edition works, ranging from landscapes animals and people, and donates the proceeds to Mesothelioma UK.
Miss Aromando said that the charity had been well-received and had made a good start, raising £155 at a recent fair in Hamstead Marshall.
She said: “The response is really good. The art is selling itself and it’s getting the message out there and raising awareness.”
Miss Aromando said that 5,000 people die in the UK each year from mesothelioma, around 300 of whom are teachers, adding that she was looking to work with schools to raise awareness of the disease.
When asked what the charity’s goal was, Miss Aromando said: “I would love to have a specialist nurse in Berkshire because my mother had to go up to Leicester.”
The fund is working towards becoming a registered charity and has the charity number 1169871. It plans to host an exhibition of work in spring next year.”
For more information about the Dorothy Aromando Art Fund visit www.dorothyaromandoartfund.com and for more on Mesothelioma UK visit www.mesothelioma.uk.com