Huntingdon man designs Christmas card in aid of Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Josh Stephenson card

Josh Stephenson card - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon’s Josh Stephenson has as much reason as anyone to be grateful to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

The 51 year-old was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer in 2009 and required major surgery, resulting in the removal of an eye, the roof of his mouth and much of his jaw. His face has been rebuilt thanks to hours of operations at London hospitals. This year, it was found the cancer had spread to his liver, so more surgery was necessary.

He receives regular treatment at Addenbrooke’s and the former Royal College of Art student has designed four e-Christmas cards to sell in aid of research being done at the Cambridge hospital.

“Addenbrooke’s has been wonderful,” he said. “It’s very important to do research. They’ve made a lot of progress in the last three to four years. The more research, the more chance of surviving, so it’s essential they do that.”

Mr Stephenson also works with the Saving Faces charity, a facial surgery research foundation, and was recently asked to speak about his experience at the opening of the first national facial surgery research centre in London.

INFORMATION: The e-cards, which can be personalised, cost £10. Email for designs and instructions.