Drawing on skills for hospital ward

Winners of the hospital art competition with the Newcastle Eagles players.
Winners of the hospital art competition with the Newcastle Eagles players.

Artistic children had a ‘Fab’ time after impressing hospital bosses with their talents in a design competition.

Since last year, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle Eagles have been delivering ‘Hoops for Health’ community programme with local youngsters.

Schoolchildren have been encouraged to get healthy while developing artwork ideas which will be displayed in the short-stay paediatric facility at the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, due to open next year in Cramlington.

More than 1,000 designs were entered, with the winners unveiled at Newcastle Eagles’ match against Leicester Riders.

The winner of the drawing competition was Daniel Cay, nine, from Northburn Primary School in Cramlington, while the winner of the poetry competition was nine-year-old Leah Devereaux, of Seaton Sluice Middle School.

Among the runners-up were Deseree Jenkins, five, from Eastlea Primary School in Cramlington; Lucy Beesley, 11, from Shanklea Primary School, Cramlington; Taylor Owens, ten, from Bothal Middle School, in Ashington; and Heidi Hamilton, ten, from Josephine Butler Primary Academy in Ashington.

Andrea Stoker, general manager at the trust, said: “We were really impressed by the quality of the designs and it certainly was a difficult task selecting a winner.

“It is fantastic that schoolchildren have become involved in our new hospital by coming up with ideas for artwork ideas for the paediatric facility while sharing their thoughts about what images would make them feel more comfortable if they ever needed to stay in hospital.”

Fabulous ‘Fab’ Flournoy, player coach at Newcastle Eagles, said: “We have been delighted to work with Northumbria Healthcare on the ‘Hoops for Health’ scheme.”

He added: “The art competition has been an additional bonus to the programme this year and the schoolchildren have really enjoyed coming up with artwork ideas for the new hospital.

“The new specialist emergency care hospital in Cramlington is a facility which the schoolchildren can be very proud of and one which will serve their communities well for the future.”