We were delighted to welcome local school, Bolder Academy, to West Middlesex University Hospital after a group of students created a beautiful felt tapestry to donate to the hospital. The students handmade the tapestry themselves, with each square dedicated to the hard work and service of NHS workers.
The textiles project is a wonderful gesture from the school to the hospital, where it has been displayed for staff, patients and families to enjoy. The textiles students at Bolder Academy in years 7 and 8 learnt both machine and hand stitching to create this bright, colourful and uplifting handmade banner to thank the wonderful staff in the NHS.
Emma Callaghan, arts teacher at Bolder Academy, commented: “Students were really enthusiastic and excited about this project, reflecting on their experiences and memories when visiting West Middlesex Hospital. The students are really proud of their work, stitching through their lunch and break times to make sure the banner was completed. At Bolder Academy, we are extremely grateful for all the hard work of staff in hospitals and wanted to brighten the days of the patients who are so brave everyday.”
A special thank you to Miss Callaghan’s twin sister Katie, who works for Sexual Health London at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and inspired the banner, and in memory of Katie’s colleagues, Vince and Elias who worked tirelessly through the pandemic for the community and public.
As part of our Arts in Health programme, we transform hospital environments to offer distraction, engagement and interaction to enhance patient experience and recovery. For more information click here: Home – CW+ (cwplus.org.uk)