A painting done by a nurse to mark the community spirt shown during the coronavirus pandemic has been unveiled at the hospital where she works in the North East of England.
The painting, created by matron and artist Vicki Davidson, depicts a young girl, standing next to her teddy bear, painting a brightly coloured rainbow.
“I hope this painting will provide a focal point for staff, patients and visitors to pause and reflect”
The piece – titled Sending hope – will be permanently displayed in the main atrium at The James Cook University Hospital, which is run by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms Davidson said: “I wanted to create something to mark the pandemic and I hope this painting will provide a focal point for staff, patients and visitors to pause and reflect.”
Hinting at her inspiration for the subject of the piece, she noted that that hospital, as well as the country’s windows in general, had been adorned with rainbow pictures made by schoolchildren.
She said: “The wonderful artwork, created by local children, has truly brightened the hospital corridors and wards during a challenging time, lifting spirits of staff and patients.
“This is our way of saying thank you for this generosity,” said Ms Davidson, who has worked for the trust for 11 years.
The project was supported by local businesses. The Art Shops donated the canvas and paint, while Wensleydale Galleries and Framing framed the artwork free of charge.
“This painting is a symbol of hope and a fantastic permanent reminder of how we’ve been supported by the local community”
Lead therapeutic nurse, Debi McKeown, was among the staff who watched the piece being unveiled and described her feelings.
She said: “The thing that has kept us all going throughout this pandemic is knowing that the community has been right behind us.
“This painting is a symbol of hope and a fantastic permanent reminder of how we’ve been supported by the local community, especially all the children who have sent us drawings of hope for our staff and patients,” she said.
Prints of the artwork, and greetings cards, can now be purchased from the trust’s therapeutic care team hub, which is based at James Cook.
A4 prints are £39 and A3 are £75. Prints come signed by the artist, mounted and cellophane wrapped. All proceeds will go to the therapeutic care team.