Sheffield cancer patient a shining example for campaign

Stunning: Juliana Hayes and inset, the silver platter.
Stunning: Juliana Hayes and inset, the silver platter.
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SILVERSMITH Juliana Hayes – who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer - has created a unique way to repay the Sheffield hospital where she was treated.

The Crookes mum has crafted this solid sterling silver platter with students to boost Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s £1.3 million ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign.

The 36-year-old was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, cancer in the back of the nose cavity, in 2011 and has had intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Weston Park.

She said: “From early on in the process after being diagnosed I had two goals – one was to ensure my son was well looked after and the second was to get through the treatment no matter what.

“The treatment I have received at Weston Park Hospital has been second to none and I wouldn’t be here today without them. I heard about the hospital’s charity from a patient I met during treatment, who has sadly since passed away, and I felt it was important to me to get involved.”

Juliana made the platter with a group of silversmith students from Hillsborough College.

Students created individual pieces of silver with unique and personal designs, which have then been fitted together to create the platter.

It will be auctioned off to collect funds for a new cancer suite and treatment centre at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s annual ball on September 21, at the Magna Centre.

And the amount raised at the auction will be doubled by Sheffield-based health insurer Westfield Health, which donated £100,000 to the appeal and has pledged to match further donations up to £250,000.

Juliana added: “I feel very grateful to be here today to be able to spend time with family, especially my son.

“I want to urge everyone to support Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s Do Your Bit campaign and help keep this wonderful hospital at the forefront of cancer care for other people like me.”

The project has been supported by Graham Medin and David Caley of Crawshaws Silversmiths, who provided expertise, and the Sheffield Assay Office for sponsoring the hallmarking.

Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital, said: “What Juliana and the other silversmith students have created is a beautiful item that has such a special meaning behind it.

“This is what the campaign is all about.”