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Silversmiths ‘do their bit’ with one-off creation

17 Sep 2012

A keen silversmith and mother who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer has created a unique solid sterling silver platter to raise money for the ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign.

Juliana Haynes and a group of silversmith students from Hillsborough College, are ‘doing their bit’ to raise money for the £1.3 million appeal by producing a one-off piece which is to be auctioned off.

Juliana (36), from Crookes, was diagnosed with cancer in the back of nose cavity, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, in 2011 and underwent intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital.

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 for 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.”

The 20 students involved in the fundraising project created individual pieces of silver with unique and personal designs, which have then been fitted together to create the platter.

Once the piece was created the Sheffield Assay Office hallmarked it with a full set of marks  including the diamond Jubilee Hallmark.

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