Mum’s lovely gesture to Snowdrop Appeal

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A woman, who lost her mum to a rare form of blood cancer, has made a fantastic gesture to a local charity.

Joscelin Harden (45), who works in the Fish Shop in the High Street, is also a silversmith and made a beautiful silver heart snowdrop necklace for the Stratchcarron Hospice Snowdrop Appeal.

She was brought up on a fish farm in Otter Ferry, Argyllshire and had a flair for arts and crafts, selling botanical paintings when she was just 12.

She moved to Linlithgow 17 years ago and went to Edinburgh Art College to learn how to silversmith in 2008, gaining a hallmark a year later. She has three daughters.

It is a particularly poignant time of year for Joscelin, whose mum Sharon Harden died aged 65 from multiple myeloma in December 2013 – the year the family was also struck by another tragedy.

Joscelin said: “It was the last piece of silver that was in the box.

“It is coming up to Mother’s Day and I was thinking of my mum.

“It’s a nice but poignant time for me and this just kind of seemed to fit. I suppose you could call it a kind of tribute to her.

“For me, it’s about being good people and giving back to other people who have had tragedy in their lives and to highlight the good work these charities do.”

Jim Brown, community fundraiser at Strathcarron, said: “We cannot thank Joscelin enough for her generosity in supporting this year’s Strathcarron Hospice Snowdrop Appeal by designing and making such a beautiful and unique piece of bespoke jewellery.

“It could not be more appropriate with the appeal now in its second year, with more and more local people, groups and companies supporting it, and keeping the work of Strathcarron in the public eye.”