Hayling and Waterlooville sisters craftily raising money to fight cancer

Jackie, left, and Jan Hickman of Hayling Island ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151693-2)
Jackie, left, and Jan Hickman of Hayling Island ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151693-2)
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Some of the fondest memories sisters Jan and Jacqueline Hickman have of their childhood are of their beloved nan Margaret.

Together they would curl Mrs Pemble’s hair while listening to The Archers.

It was a case of us both saying “we want to take action”. We want to do our bit.

Jan Hickman

Sadly, their grandmother was cruelly taken away from them in the 1980s after suffering fibroid cancer. There followed the deaths of a number of family members from the cancer, including their mother who died in 2010, aged 70.

It led the sisters to question how they could make a tangible difference to the fight against cancer.

So last year they began a series of craft fairs where all the money raised goes to cancer charities.

Crafty J Sisters’ Cancer Sucks campaign has been a big success and now the sisters are being asked to hold bazaars across the area.

The next is at South Hayling United Reformed Church Hall on Saturday, in Hollow Lane.

Jan, 56, from Hayling, said: ‘My mother was also riddled with cancer when she died.

‘We didn’t even know she had it until the doctors told us afterwards that it was all over her body.

‘We are from a large family and, sadly, so many of them have suffered.

‘One of our aunts also died from the disease. And our nephew has also been going through it. And friends of the family too.’

Jacqueline, 55, from Waterlooville, says: ‘It makes you feel so helpless. There are those who have died, our nan, mum and aunt, but there are those still battling it and we want to be try and help them.’

Jan says: ‘Yes, it was a case of us both saying we want to take action. We want to do our bit.’

The sisters started the craft fairs in October 2014 and have included their entire families in the events – which are mostly held in Hayling but also off the island as they have grown more popular.

Saturday’s fair runs from 10am until 1pm and entry is free. They are also helping Stubbington Ark. There will be 20 stalls of handcrafted items and unique gifts as well as a tombola and refreshments.