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Students create special artwork to support patients at North Tyneside hospital

Friday, 18 December, 2015
Students create special artwork to support patients at North Tyneside hospital

Students from Newcastle College have created special artwork to support patients with diabetes at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The project followed a donation from Paul Yellop, Bryan Denley and friends. Last summer, the group raised nearly £4,000 to support young patients with diabetes – completing a 100-mile triathlon and holding a fund-raising evening at Chirton Social Club, North Shields. 

The challenge was in memory of Paul’s son Lee, who died in 2010 aged 25, who received treatment at the hospital’s young adult diabetes service.

The donation has enabled the department to provide entertainment devices for patients undergoing treatment. Patients also requested art that was aimed at their age group – 16-25, and came up with a list of ideas for the artwork.

Newcastle College already has an annual exhibition at the hospital and this provided an ideal opportunity to engage further students. 

Graphic design students created colourful ‘retro’ inspired artwork for the areas used by young patients and images of local scenes aimed at all ages were taken by photography students for display throughout the rest of the department.

An event was held to celebrate everyone involved in this special project, which is part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s long-standing healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff. 

Stuart Bennett, consultant for diabetes, said: “Our thanks go to Paul Yellop and friends for their donation, the items and artwork are making a real difference to our young patients. Thanks also go to the students from Newcastle College – their fantastic artwork has really improved the environment for our patients and staff.”

Paula Adams, lecturer in art and design at Newcastle College, said: “It has been a great experience for Newcastle College students to work with Healing Arts on this exhibition of their artwork in the Diabetes Centre at North Tyneside General Hospital. Twenty two students studying on both the Extended Diploma in Photography and Extended Diploma in Graphic Design and Illustration have made beautiful and uplifting artwork that perfectly complements the hospital environment.”

Paul Yellop said: “All the lads were over the moon to be there and to see what the funds raised have been spent on and the difference they have made.”

Bryan and the lads have raised around £70,000 for different charities over the past few years and intend to continue to raise more funds in future.

For further information about the trust’s Healing Arts programme contact 0191 203 1354