Huntingdon fashion designer Josh Stephenson, who lost parts of his face to cancer, has created an electronic Christmas card in aid of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
“I don’t like Christmas cards as they clutter up everywhere,” he said. “I like the idea of sending someone an e-card, though, and I thought it would be a nice way to help raise money for cancer research at Addenbrooke’s.”
In 2009, Josh, of Hartford Road, was diagnosed with malignant orbital melanoma, a rare form of eye cancer.
A former student of the Royal College of Art, who has created a luxury range of silverware, glass and porcelain for Harrod’s, Josh lost an eye, the roof of his mouth and his upper left jaw.
His face was rebuilt after he was referred to Saving Faces, the facial surgery research charity, using skin from his thigh and shoulder blade.
Numerous operations in London included laser treatment last week to remove hair from around his eye socket.
Josh said of the e-Christmas card: “I wanted something traditional with a modern twist and I thought a holly wreath would appeal to a lot of people.”
He will have a tailor-made eye fitted this week and said: “I have been through so much but this is my way of saying thank you.
“I would also particularly like to thank Professor Iain Hutchinson for the great work he does with Saving Faces, and my eye consultant David Verity.”
INFORMATION: The e-Christmas card can be personalised, costs £10 and can be distributed via e-mail to as many people as the purchaser wishes. Contact Josh by email at email@example.com to purchase the card in aid of cancer research at Addenbrooke’s.