Trust in appeal for embroidery

Special embroidery is being sought for a new hospital due to open later this year.

Officials at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are looking to place the embroidery, to show different cultural designs from around the world, around the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.

An event will take place at the Azure Garden Centre, in Cramlington, on Thursday, March 5, at 2pm for residents to find out more.

The trust is appealing for people with embroidery skills and those with knowledge of global cultural designs to come along and get involved.

Brenda Longstaff, head of charity development and volunteering at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We are currently working on several exciting arts projects to help create a special environment in the new hospital.

“At this time it is even more important to use art to calm and sooth and provide comfort. An uplifting image or the calming ambience of a room can raise the spirits and help people get back on an even keel.

“The embroidery project is one of a number of initiatives which are being developed by our local community working together with our healing arts team. We think it’s important that the community can contribute to areas where their ideas and input will have an impact on so many people, especially families who may be going through a tough time.”

“We all deal with distress and worry in different ways and as we look out to the many nationalities now living within Northumberland and North Tyneside, it is a great opportunity to incorporate the symbols of hope and reassurance from across the world into a special embroidery which can be framed and displayed in the new hospital to provide comfort to families.

“We would urge anyone who’s interested in being part of this project to come and join us for a cuppa on 5 March and share their ideas.”

To reserve a place at the event, contact 0191 203 1354 or email