A couple of months ago I read an article in the Kent Messenger about a lady who had received treatment for breast cancer at Maidstone Hospital. She said that whilst she could not fault her treatment or care received from the staff at the hospital she felt that the surroundings were very drab and this she said made an anxious visit more so, as due to infection control you cannot have magazines in the waiting rooms. The answer? We volunteered to redecorate this area to make it a more pleasant place to sit.
We started by agreeing a colour scheme with the hospital we went for Pink green and white as green is commonly used in hospitals for its calming effect the pink we choose as this has link to cancer research and the white to give it a clean fresh look.
Works could only be carried out on a Tuesday or Friday morning so as not to disrupt this very busy clinic.
We started by redecorating the areas and then supplying fitting and installing new aerials for the new televisions that would go into the two areas. We contacted Invicta Grammar school to ask if they would donate a piece of art to hang in one of the areas and they very kindly donated 2 pieces which they agreed to change over every six months to give the patients something new to look at. The artwork produced by this school is exceptional and deserves to be recognised as the students are very talented.
In addition Sarah Dawson of Kentscape photography www.kentscape.co.uk donated beautiful picture she had taken at Winchester Cathedral it is a mesmerising picture taken in the crypt of a celebrated British Sculptor Antony Gormley called Sound II.
This mysterious life-size statue of a man contemplating the water held in his cupped hands is the work of the celebrated British sculptor Antony Gormley. You can find Sound II, fashioned from lead out of a plaster cast of the artist’s own body, in the Cathedral crypt, which floods during rainy months Sarah’s picture was taken on one of these rainy months and I am sure you will agree she is a fantastic photographer.
We would also like to thank the Potted Garden Nursery for their donation of a plant for the clinic.
The photos attached do not show the final piece of the jigsaw which is a picture of a calming Seaside scene that we have donated and will be put up on 4th July.
In this mad mad world where everyone is running about chasing their tails it is a pleasure that we have been able to help this cause and the hospital.
Thank you to Richard Gooding for the photographs.