A painting marking the community spirit during the coronavirus pandemic has been unveiled at The James Cook University Hospital.
The painting, titled ‘sending hope’, depicts a young girl, standing next to her teddy bear, painting a brightly coloured rainbow.
The piece, created by matron Vicki Davidson, will permanently be on display in the hospital’s main atrium near the south entrance.
Vicki, who has worked for the trust for 11 years and is also an artist, 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.
“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.”
The Art Shops, who have branches in Ikley and Northallerton, kindly donated the canvas and paint for Vicki’s piece while Wensleydale Galleries and Framing in Leyburn framed the artwork free of charge.
Lead therapeutic nurse, Debi McKeown, was among the staff who watched the piece being unveiled.
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.”
Prints of the artwork, and greetings cards, can now be purchased from the therapeutic care team hub 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 South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s therapeutic care team.