A HAIRDRESSER turned florist is sharing her creative skills and raising cash for Cure Leukaemia at the same time!
Mother-of-three Denise Stazaker has recently raised over £1,000 for Cure Leukaemia using proceeds she has made hosting floral arts classes at her local church.
Denise, who lives in Wetley Rocks, was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2001 after a number of symptoms formed including a sore throat, tiredness and a lump under her chin. She later also had two lumps form under her arms.
She has since had two bone marrow transplants as well as chemotherapy treatment.
Denise, aged 55, said of the gruelling treatment: "You just have to keep on going and take what is thrown at you.You just have to be positive. I just told myself that with everyday I was getting better. That's what I had to say to myself over and over again."
As for the leukaemia, Denise said: "They never say if you are clear of Leukaemia. I am still going down to Birmingham Hospital once a year for check ups. However, the last treatment I had was seven years ago. Experiencing all that just made me want to give something back."
After moving to the Staffordshire Moorlands six years ago, mother-of-three Denise began attending Wetley Rocks Methodist Church.
She recalled: "The display of flowers on the alter used to really inspire me and so I signed up for a leisure class in flower arranging. After that I went to college to complete a Level Four City & Guilds in Floral Art."
Denise explained that she initially got a few friends together to start passing on her new-found flower arranging skills, but this soon blossomed into two weekly classes at her church.
She has been saving all the monies she makes from the classes to donate to sharity as her way of giving something back. Over the past two years, that has equated to £1,000, which Denise has recently paid over to Cure Leukaemia.
Former hairdresser Denise, now works part-time in a florist, and runs her floral art classes at Wetley Rocks Methodist Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7pm until 9pm. Each class costs £4. With around 10 participants over the classes, Denise is always on the look out for new recruits.