CANCER patients are being encouraged to get creative to help them express their emotions.
People diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and severe lung disease are being invited to take part in a series of art workshops to help them cope with their conditions.
Kirkwood Hospice, Dalton, is to host the Express Yourself workshops which will run for six weeks starting this week.
Patients will use words, colour and relaxation techniques to express their feelings and worries at the hospice's support and therapy centre.
Alex Krysinski, the hospice's artist in residence, is holding the sessions.
He said: "It can be difficult for some people who are experiencing a life-threatening illness to express their feelings because they don't want to worry or upset their loved ones.
"Taking part in the workshops provides a release for these feelings."
None of the sessions would require any previous experience of art work.
Contact the centre on 01484 557907.