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Artist donates mural to day surgery unit

From left to right Amanda Turner, artist, Jemma Morris, and Julie PettittThe day surgery unit at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been transformed with an aquatic mural splashed across windows and walls. Donated by local born artist Amanda Turner, the bright scene is a welcome distraction for patients who come to the unit for treatment.

The digital piece of art spans six internal windows and is printed on transparent film, so that it acts like a stained glass window, with the natural light shining through and changing the effects throughout the day.

Amanda, who lives in California, says Suffolk holds a special place in her heart. Her father still lives locally, and she stays with him for six months at a time when she can. After her father was treated in West Suffolk’s emergency department following a motorbike accident, and her mother received invaluable care during her battle with cancer at St. Nicholas Hospice, as part of her charitable work, Amanda decided she wanted to give back to the health service that had cared for her family.  

Amanda said: “I always try to support worthy charities, but when I can, I try to donate my art, a unique and much needed extra that can often get over-looked in budgets. I wanted to give West Suffolk Hospital something unique that would help patients, especially children, visiting the day surgery unit for treatment. But also, perhaps more importantly, I wanted to give the staff something pleasant to look at every day. I have great respect and gratitude for nurses and care staff and what they do for patients. The mural is largely for them, to say ‘thank you’ for their tireless service. I started preparing the digital mural over a year ago, working on it part time whenever I could fit it in. I’m really pleased to see the results in situ before I return to America.”

Sue Smith, fundraising manager for the hospital’s My WiSH Charity, said: “Donations come in all forms, and we can’t thank Amanda enough for her time and compassion for doing such an extensive piece of art for our hospital. It will really benefit our patients and their experience whilst in our care.”

If you would like to give your time to the hospital, or would like more information on how to donate, please contact the fundraising team on 01284 712952 or via email fundraising@wsh.nhs.uk

Last updated: 24 Apr 2017 14:08:41.737

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