Art book for children is dream come true for throat cancer survivor Brian

JPCT 130212 The Ark - a charity which helps people out if addiction, poverty and homelessness. Brian Furberand and some of his designs. photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 130212 The Ark - a charity which helps people out if addiction, poverty and homelessness. Brian Furberand and some of his designs. photo by Derek Martin

A HORSHAM man’s dream to produce an art book for children has been fulfilled with the help of Horsham charity The Ark.

Brian Furber was recovering from throat cancer in hospital when he found therapy in art and now he wants to share that joy with children.

Brian said: “I had throat cancer a couple of years ago and I realised how boring life is in hospital.

“I decided to create a colouring book for the Great Ormond Street children.

“I’ve got 1,000 of these and I do them in black and white so people can colour them in.”

The Ark, a charity which helps people in their battles with poverty, addiction and crime, has helped him get his book published and proceeds from the sales will be split between them and great Ormond Street Hospital.

The charity holds sessions three times a week at the United Reformed Church in Springfield Road, Horsham.

Brian said: “The Ark is a great place. People join in together and help each other.

“Lisa (co-founder of The Ark) is a real inspiration to me. She has got publishers interested. It feels great and I find I am getting closer to my goal.”

He has found people who come to The Ark group for support have found his drawings helpful.

“It’s designed for people with depression. They can come in and sit down and get lost in their pictures for a few hours,” he said.

“They find it really therapeutic and it is for me too.”