Silversmith puts a shine on cancer charity campaign

Juliana Haynes.
Juliana Haynes.

A SHEFFIELD silversmith diagnosed with a rare form of cancer has created a solid sterling silver platter to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Juliana Haynes worked with students at Hillsborough College to produce a one-off piece to be auctioned as part of the charity’s ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign.

The 36-year-old semi-professional silversmith, from Crookes, was diagnosed with cancer in the back of her nose cavity, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, in 2011 and underwent intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Weston Park.

Juliana, who has a three-year-old son, Jamie, 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 cancer 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. I was going to auction off some individual pieces of jewellery that I’d made but then our tutor, Sue Hudson, had the idea to create this collaborative piece, which was fantastic as it brought us all together.”

Twenty students created individual pieces of silver with unique and personal designs, which have been fitted together to create the platter. Juliana co-managed the project with tutor Sue Hudson and with the support of Graham Medin and David Caley, of Crawshaws Silversmiths, and the Sheffield Assay Office.

The platter will be auctioned at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s annual ball at the Magna Centre on September 21, along with items of jewellery.

Sheffield-based Westfield Health has given an initial £100,000 and will match pound for pound donations made to the campaign.