Artist Sarah Livingstone has swapped the NHS for a workshop to fulfil a creative dream following a fight with cancer.
Sarah has launched With Love and Light, a unique business making memorial glass ornaments based at Halton Mill.
Her glass art pieces are designed to either hang in the window or sit on a mantelpiece to help the owner remember a loved one.
They include tiny pieces of cremation ash, and can be set in oak bases, lit up with a candle and engraved with a message.
The idea is aimed at people who have yet to scatter their loved one’s ashes; they are able to keep some of the ashes in a glass memorial to help them remain close, while scattering those remaining.
Sarah said: “I worked in the NHS for years, but then I got breast cancer which changed everything. I wanted to do something a bit more creative.
“I trained as a potter and I loved working with glass.
“I had stumbled across some jewellery of ashes in glass and I wanted to do something different from what was already out there.”
It has taken Sarah eight months to set up the business, and she now works from a shared workshop in Halton Mill.
“They have been really supportive down there,” she said.
Sarah recently moved back to the area after living in Bolton and working at Wigan hospital. She now lives at the co-housing scheme at Halton.
“I grew up in Morecambe and my parents now live in Over Kellet soI decided to relocate back up here,” said Sarah, who is 51.
Sarah’s work can be found at her website at www.withloveandlight.co.uk and also on Facebook.
Her work is also being displayed through local funeral directors.
“I wanted to make it affordable for whoever might want it,” she said. “I have already had a lot of positive reaction.”