Plymouth-based jewellery retailer Drakes has gone the extra mile to support a customer who underwent life changing surgery 30 years ago.

The retailer invited Paul Hayman, 49, to the store to celebrate the 30th anniversary since his heart transplant.

Drakes had previously presented Hayman with wedding rings when he received the life-changing surgery in 1987 having seen an announcement that he planned to marry after the surgery.


The jeweller invited Hayman into the store after hearing about his upcoming anniversary and presented him with prosecco, a cake and a £250 gift voucher.

Managing director, John Hirshman, told the Plymouth Herald: “Thirty years ago I picked up Paul’s story from the paper about a young man having a heart transplant, and we wanted to get behind him, so we gifted Paul wedding bands as he had said he wanted to marry.

“I was in Spain and I saw him again in the paper, saying that he was one of the longest surviving transplant receivers.

“We thought it would be a nice way to follow it up and offer him a presentation for his transplant anniversary and 50th birthday.”