Press Releases 2016

UWTSD Professor fundraises for her artist friend

27.09.2016

Professor Sue Williams, a lecturer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea College of Art has taken to online crowdfunding to help a close friend who’s suffering from cancer.

Rebecca Hind, also an artist who has visited Swansea College of Art on a number of occasions as a guest speaker, has been suffering from an ovarian cancer since June 2015.

Rebecca had undergone traditional treatment, but with her condition deteriorating, Sue and Rebecca decided to look at alternative therapies.

“Rebecca was unable to tolerate straightforward chemotherapy and following a severe decline we travelled to a clinic in Germany where she underwent four treatments of hyperthermia/chemotherapy,” says Sue. 

“The treatment induces a fever - our body’s natural way of fighting infection - while chemotherapy is delivered. This procedure is recognised in the UK but not administered.”

Since starting this treatment, Rebecca has seen an incredible improvement. She can now walk and breathe without difficulty and her cancers have shrunk significantly. Rebecca needs two more treatments but cannot afford them so Sue has taken to the internet to crowdfund Rebecca’s next course of treatment.

“The money will be spent on two treatments at Dr. Herzog’s clinic in Germany, each of which costs £5,000.  I set up the page last week and we have already raised nearly £6,000 of our £10,000 target!” adds Sue.

“The combination of hyperthermia with chemotherapy helps the treatment to work better - smaller doses of chemotherapy are needed, thus reducing side effects. The clinic also uses complementary treatments, including vitamin, mineral and immune infusions, detoxification treatments and magnetic field therapy. Reflexology/physiotherapy are given; blood counts monitored daily and adjustments made accordingly.”

Rebecca Hind is a talented artist working predominantly with paint. Her large-scale watercolours push the technical boundaries of the medium in unexpected ways, offering a visual and contemplative intensity.

In addition to exhibiting, Rebecca has been artist in residence at the Banqueting House, London, and affiliated artist with both Sacred Land and the Alliance of Religions and Conservation for six years. This led to her writing three books, the most recent of which, Sacred Journeys, was published during 2009. She has frequently appeared on television and radio discussing art in relation to spirituality and chairs the Kevin Slingsby Prize for Funnel Vision at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University where she is a Visiting Tutor.

“Rebecca is a talented artist, a personal friend who has supported me and many others through tough times,” continues Sue. 

“Rebecca is a particularly special woman. She is a gifted artist, an amazing Mother and Grandmother and someone who has constantly given back to the community throughout her life, including as a gifted watercolour teacher, a friend and mentor for many young people, especially artists, and as Churchwarden of her local church. Her family deserves our support to hold onto this key person in their lives. I want to give something back to this amazing woman but cannot afford to do this alone.”

But this isn’t the first time that generous Sue – a Fine Art lecturer - has helped save a life.

Last year, during her commute home to Cardiff, Sue noticed a truck swerving across the lanes, before colliding with the central barrier.

"I pulled over into the fast lane ahead of his vehicle, and ran back to see what was wrong," she said.

“I could see that he had collapsed inside his van. I got him to come around and called the police. I asked him if he was having a heart attack, and he said he thought he was.

"I was talking to emergency services at the same time, and then police on the other lane saw me. An ambulance was there in about 20 minutes."

After leaving the victim in the hands of professionals, Professor Williams returned home, but a few days later was contacted by a former student who’d seen an appeal on social media.

Professor Williams had been caught on a camera which had been filming in the cab of the van, and images from it had been used by the family in a bid to trace her. Professor Williams's former student had recognised her from the image, and was able to put her in touch with the family.

"I spoke to the family and was relieved to find out he had been saved, because at the time I did not know how serious it had been. I believe he had a heart attack as soon as he was in the ambulance, and it seems by stopping and attending to him it really helped,” said Sue.

If you would like to help kind-hearted Sue in her bid to reach her £10,000 target and contribute to the fund to help Rebecca Hind, please go to:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/s-williams-1?utm_id=2&utm_term=GVJM2aa5g

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 / sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk