Hospital matron unveils second painting to mark the COVID-19 pandemic

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A painting to mark the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the winter months ahead has been unveiled at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

The painting, created by matron and artist Vicki Davidson, is designed to complement her first painting, ‘Sending Hope’, which is on display in The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.Sending Love painting

Her first painting captured the community spirt during the first wave of the pandemic whilst this new piece, called ‘Sending Love’, symbolises the challenges that families have faced during the second wave.

The painting, which depicts a young boy on a toy car in front of a number of bare trees with hanging love hearts and a brightly coloured rainbow, will be permanently displayed in the Friarage hub next to The Tree of Life following a socially distanced ceremony.

“I really wanted to capture the mood of the second wave of the pandemic and create a focal point where staff, patients and visitors in the future could go to in the Friarage to reflect,” said Vicki.

“The bare trees symbolise the dark winter months ahead, along with a long and uphill journey, with a rainbow of hope in the background.

“The rainbow coloured hearts on the trees represent visiting restrictions during the pandemic. The knitted and fabric hearts, often donated by members of the public, are being handed out within the trust and are used to offer small tokens of comfort to family and patients while visiting remains suspended.”

Prints of the artwork, which was generously framed free of charge by Wensleydale Galleries and Framing in Leyburn, and greeting cards, can now be purchased from Vicki’s website –

Matron Vicki Davidson with her ‘Sending Love’ paintingThe fine art prints are all signed by the artist, professionally mounted and cellophane wrapped.

The prints are available in three sizes; small (£25), medium (£39) and large (£75). The small print will fit a standard 10×12” frame. Greeting cards are A5 in size and blank inside for a personal message and priced at £2.50.

All proceeds are being jointly donated to Friends of the Friarage and Herriot Hospice Homecare.

Radiographer, Paul Scott, kindly cut the ribbon at the socially distanced ceremony. Paul’s wife, Anne, who also worked as a radiographer at Friarage hospital, sadly passed away last year following a brave battle with cancer.

He said: “I feel honoured to be a part of the unveiling because Herriot Hospice Homecare really helped my wife and me during a really difficult time. I am very thankful that Vicki has decided to raise money for them.”

Lucy Tulloch, service manager for the Friarage Hospital, said: “Sending Love is a wonderful piece of art and really captures the mood of the moment.

“I’m sure it will have a wide appeal to staff, patients and visitors in due course, as well as to the supporters of Herriot Hospice Homecare and Friends of the Friarage, who Vicki is kindly donating the proceeds to.”