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Young cancer patients to show off their talent in an art show

31st July 2018

The artwork of eight children and young people who are, or have been treated for cancer in Sheffield, will be going on display as part of CLIC Sargent’s Art Show 2018 at Sheffield’s The Circle gallery. The show was inspired by 23-year-old Josh Ward, who sadly passed away from cancer, in February this year.

The idea for the show came about from Josh, his CLIC Sargent social worker and his consultant at Sheffield’s Hallamshire Hospital because of his love of and talent for photography. Josh’s parents, along with the team at CLIC Sargent, have continued with plans for the show, growing it to involve more young people affected by cancer – all with the aim of raising awareness about cancer in young people and showing they are much more than their illness.

Eight of Josh’s photographs will go on display, alongside mixed media artwork and a poem from seven other artists from across South Yorkshire. All of the artists exhibiting have previously had cancer or are currently going through treatment and have been supported by CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

The CLIC Sargent Art Show launch will take place on Wednesday 1 August from 6pm – 8pm and will be open to the public from 2 – 30 August 2018 (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm). Entry is free and donations to CLIC Sargent welcomed.

Josh’s story:

Josh Ward was diagnosed with Stage 4 Large B Cell Lymphoma in September 2014, aged 20, after finding a lump on his face around Christmas the year before.

He underwent four years of intensive treatment at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, including chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. In April 2015, Josh was given the all clear, but in January 2016, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Josh underwent further treatment over the next year, but sadly relapsed twice. He passed away in February 2018.

Josh was a talented photographer and had studied media at Sheffield College. During his treatment, Josh and his friends wanted to thank CLIC Sargent for its support throughout his treatment and began taking photographs of the Derbyshire countryside. It was during a conversation with his CLIC Sargent Social Worker and consultant that the idea for the CLIC Sargent Art Show was born.

Karen Westley, Josh’s mum, said: “I couldn’t be more proud that the show’s happening – it’s just a shame he’s not here to see it. His photography meant a lot to him – he was quite shy, and his photography gave him a lot of confidence. Through his cancer treatment, the photography gave him something to focus on, it was his outlet. He was happy to show off his work, I think he felt quite proud that he was giving something back.”

For more information, photos or interviews, contact:

Josanne Richardson, on 07771 968 129 or email josanne.richardson@clicsargent.org.uk

Josh Ward - Win Hill