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Ben puts best foot forward for Northumbria hospital art

Wednesday, 05 October, 2016
Ben puts best foot forward for Northumbria hospital art

A 12-year-old boy has raised £750 to brighten up patients’ stays at The Northumbria hospital by walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall.

Ben Nixon, from Cramlington, completed the 84-mile walk with his grandfather Robert Nixon over 10 days this summer.

Robert is a member of Cramlington Rotary Club which is working with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to create a garden at The Northumbria hospital for patients, visitors and staff.

Ben wanted to raise money to support the creation of a community art space to show work from local schools, colleges and artists at the hospital.

It is part of Northumbria Healthcare’s long-standing healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients of all ages, visitors and staff.

Ben said: “The walk was great fun and the scenery was lovely, but it was also a lot of hard work. Thankfully the weather was good!

“I’d like to thank my grandfather who walked with me and encouraged me along the way.

“It’s not very nice for anyone to be in hospital, especially when you’re a child, and I hope that the young patients will like the artwork and it makes them smile.”

Brenda Longstaff, head of charity at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We were really humbled when we heard about Ben’s fund-raising walk – 84 miles is no mean feat – and we’d like to thank him very much for his efforts.

“Art plays such an important role at The Northumbria hospital and we’ve had some very positive comments about the pieces on show from the stunning photographs from the competition we ran last year to the wonderful embroideries.

“It’s fantastic that the local people have been part of many of these works so far and the community art space we’re planning will only boost community involvement and further enhance the hospital environment for patients and visitors.”

For further information about our healing arts programme contact 0191 203 1354 or email