AN ART exhibition is being run in aid of Rainbow Valley by a family of one of their very own beneficiaries, raising money for life-changing empowerment courses for cancer patients in Scotland.

Launching today (Tuesday, April 24) the exhibition will be on display at The View Gallery at Dunblane Library through the month of May.

It showcases the work of Jeremy Wyatt, the husband of Lucia, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in in 2006 and says that Rainbow Valley’s support through her journey has been invaluable.

Lucia Wyatt, beneficiary of Rainbow Valley and organiser of the art show, said: “Rainbow Valley provided me with the perfect blend of nurture, nourishment and education.

"I feel empowered by the experience and already see the benefit of ‘eating the rainbow’ every day!

“I can’t wait for the next time to build on my confidence and positivity.

"It’s been truly life-changing especially as it's all provided away from hospital and in a stunning setting with inspiring views of Loch Lomond.”

Jeremy Wyatt, the artist on exhibition, said: “Lucia’s been remarkably creative, brave and resilient in coping with her diagnosis but she was running on empty combining work in childcare & education alongside recovering from treatment.

"Rainbow Valley has been a Godsend - she is so much more energised and full of hope for a fit, healthy future.”

The Rainbow Valley charity was set up in 2012, providing free support for cancer patients before, after, and during treatment, with residential courses designed to complement medical treatment, helping patients understand how exercise, nutrition and emotional health can improve their quality of life.

As the only charity in Scotland providing this service, Rainbow Valley recognises that the mind, body, spirit and emotions are all closely connected and work together to support the immune system and its ability to aid in recovery.

The charity aims to get users taking back control, leading positive lifestyles with courses on everything from exercise and nutrition, stress management, and mindfulness and meditation.

Brodie Watson, fundraising manager, said: “We’re so delighted to be working with Lucia and her wonderful family to raise funds for these courses that are changing lives in Scotland.

“It takes more than just medical treatment to conquer this illness, we believe that lifestyle and emotional health has a massive impact on recovery.

"We’ve seen an overwhelming demand for a holistic approach to cancer, with the number of our courses having nearly tripled since last year.

“With people like Lucia and her family having used the service and seen the benefits themselves, to have them coming back to support is really a testament to the amazing work that Rainbow valley does.

"These residential courses cost thousands, but they make a life-changing difference to families across Scotland, and that’s why we hope that the Rainbow Valley Art Show will raise funds and awareness for the cause.”

The art show in aid of Rainbow Valley runs until the end of May, showcasing the work of Jeremy Wyatt available for purchase, including children’s books with his illustrations and mixed media paintings depicting Scotland’s stunning landscapes - all funds going to the Rainbow Valley charity.

For more information on Rainbow Valley please visit the website.

See more of Jeremy Wyatt’s work here.