A charity appeal in aid of breast cancer patients has made the cut at one of the last remaining factories where scissors are created by hand.
Ernest Wright and Son, based on Broad Lane in the city centre, has started selling pairs of special pink-handled dressmaking scissors to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.
The partnership came about after Ernest Wright’s accounts manager, Pam Addy, was diagnosed with the condition. She has since been given the all-clear, but only after surgery, chemotherapy and years of hospital visits. Pam said she is determined to help others fighting the illness.
“When I heard those five words ‘Pamela, you have breast cancer’, our world was turned upside down,” said Pam, aged 60, who lives at Barlborough, Chesterfield, and is married to husband Steve.
“The diagnosis affected all my family. After finding a lump in my breast, I saw my doctor, who explained that I was to have a mastectomy and my lymph nodes removed.
“Although I recovered well, the chemotherapy sessions took their toll.”
Pam, who was diagnosed in 2006 and treated at Chesterfield Hospital, needed check-ups for five years before doctors confirmed she had fully beaten cancer.
“I have a mammogram every year, and I continue to check my breasts regularly. I know I am one of the lucky ones - I am a breast cancer survivor.”
The scissors are available to buy online, as well as at the Ernest Wright workshop.
Managing director Nick Wright, whose company was founded over a century ago, said: “We’re a Made in Sheffield business, and our lovely Pam is a steely lady. Creating our pink scissors is a great opportunity for us to give something back.”