Gifts from the ‘art’ – Bedford School pupils show support for local Sue Ryder hospice

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The painting of hospice staff celebrating their ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2019
The painting of hospice staff celebrating their ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2019

Bedford School pupils have been inspired to create several creative works to show their support for staff at the Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.

Artists and writers have created paintings and poems to reflect their appreciation of hospice workers as they continue caring for local people throughout the pandemic.

Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, in Moggerhanger near Bedford, provides compassionate palliative care for people with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their loved ones.

While staff at the hospice face challenges at any time, the Coronavirus pandemic has made these challenges ten-fold, including having to wear lots of PPE.

So, the Sixth Form pupils at Bedford School set about creating a unique collection of thoughtful artwork and poems for staff to enjoy as a morale boost.

“On behalf of the team here, I would like to say a massive thank you for the fantastic artwork and poems produced by the pupils at Bedford School,” said Mary-Ann Golding, St John’s Hospice’s Housekeeping Supervisor.

“We were very much blown away by the amazing artwork and its attention to detail.”

One of the art pieces depicts staff celebrating their ‘outstanding’ rating from the CQC in 2019.

Other pieces include a painting of the hospice’s peaceful gardens and a poem looking ahead to calmer times in the future with the line.

Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice staff member, Lorraine Rosendale, admires the collection of thoughtful paintings and poems created by pupils from Bedford School
Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice staff member, Lorraine Rosendale, admires the collection of thoughtful paintings and poems created by pupils from Bedford School

“In the drawing of our team celebrating the ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating, we were able to identify so many of our staff, which put a well-needed smile on all our faces.

“The poems enabled positivity to be portrayed during these uncertain times… [the] work shows what an amazing place Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice is,” added Mary-Ann.

While these cultural gifts may have been to help show hospice staff they are in people’s thoughts, the school has also raised funds to support the important palliative care they provide.

Over the past year, they raised £537 through a mufti day and a further £230 by donating stamps from Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 100th birthday card’s opened at the school. These were then sold to stamp collectors.

Hayley Webb, Community Fundraising Manager at the hospice said: “We are really appreciative; your support helps us to continue to be there when it matters for our local community, patients and their loved ones.”

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