An artist with a flair for inspiring youngsters with her creative designs will be swapping the schoolroom for Rotherham Hospital when she begins work on transforming the Special Care Baby Unit.
Muralist Lucy Strutt, from Moorgate Road in Rotherham, has been chosen by colleagues at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to enhance the unit’s welcoming and homely atmosphere for new-borns and their families.
Lucy said: “It is a privilege to have been chosen to create murals in the Special Care Baby Unit. I am very much looking forward to sharing my own creative vision and collaborating with those who understand the unit best to create some wonderfully delightful scenes and charmingly mischievous characters.
“My work can be found in homes and schools around South Yorkshire, back gardens and bedrooms in Australia, an orphanage in Nepal and the corridors of a school in Kenya.
“I feel really proud to be able to add Rotherham Hospital to my list and I hope to create an environment that is both comforting and engaging for generations to come. I can’t wait to get started.”
Lucy has previously worked with youngsters at Brinsworth Manor Junior School, East Dene Primary School and High Greave Junior and Infant School in Rotherham and Sheffield schools Sacred Heart Catholic Primary, Concord Junior School, Wincobank Nursery and Infant School and the Fir Vale School Academy Trust.
She has also worked on a similar project to personalise the environment on the Jessop’s maternity ward at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Charity received 30 applications for the mural art project on the Special Care Baby Unit with strong competition from professional and amateur artists alike.
Beverley Lomas, Ward Sister for the Special Care Baby Unit, was a member of the judging panel.
She said: “We had some wonderful, imaginative applicants for our Special Care Baby Unit mural art project, particularly after it was shared so widely on social media. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to send us their artwork and share their ideas with us. We’re thrilled Lucy has agreed to take on the project to transform our magnolia walls into a sanctuary for families in future.”
The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity will be funding the mural art project for the Special Care Baby Unit with all the paints and materials generously provided by Brinsworth Manor Junior School, where she is a resident artist.
Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, was also on the judging panel. He added: “This is a really exciting project for the Charity as it will be our first experience of working with an artist to transform our hospital environment. Lucy’s submission really stood out because of her understanding of the complex ward environment. Her ideas and themes fitted our brief perfectly and we felt her designs and style would appeal to parents and youngsters alike.”