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Dame Joan Collins Sculpted Live

Dame Joan Collins sculpted live by Frances Segelman

Legendary actress, Dame Joan Collins, was sculpted live by royal sculptor Frances Segelman in May. This extraordinary event took place in front of a packed audience of celebrities, family, friends and supporters of the charity. The evening, to raise awareness of our pioneering Bristol Whole Life Approach, was organised by Frances Segelman and Simon Tarrant.

Watch this film to see the event brought to life.

The event

During the evening guests heard from Jess Brohn, Penny Brohn’s daughter and Jennie Evans.  Jennie, from Gloucestershire, has been coming to the National Centre for over two years and spoke movingly about her experience of cancer and how our approach is helping her to live well with the disease.

Frances Segelman, whose sculpture commissions include HM The Queen said, “Dame Joan is a true star, and it has been a life-long ambition of mine to sculpt her. I am so pleased to support Penny Brohn UK, and the incredible work it does to help those affected by cancer live healthier and longer lives.”

Dame Joan Collins’ sister, best-selling author Jackie Collins OBE, died of breast cancer aged 77 in 2015 following diagnosis in 2009. Ms Collins, who was adored by family, friends and legions of fans for over four decades, chose Penny Brohn UK to benefit from gifts in her memory. Despite living in the US, Jackie heard how Penny Brohn UK helps people with cancer to live as well as possible for as long as possible.

Jess Brohn said, “We are incredibly grateful to Dame Joan and Frances Segelman for helping Penny Brohn UK through this unique event. The charity, named in honour of my mum, recognises that those living with cancer need more than medicine – something she instinctively knew when diagnosed with breast cancer in the late seventies. Through a whole person philosophy, my mum lived with joy and purpose for another 20 years, well beyond her prognosis. And now, her legacy lives on in their Bristol Whole Life Approach.

A sale of artwork, featuring works by  Josette AitmanVictoria Perloff and Simon Tarrant was held as part of this fundraising event, with proceeds donated to Penny Brohn UK.

Watch some of the press coverage and see some of the photos from the evening here:

London Live News, Friday 11 May, Getty Images



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