Donation helps secure artwork

Artwork installed at North Tyneside General Hospital to support people with diabetes.

Artwork installed at North Tyneside General Hospital to support people with diabetes.

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Artwork has gone on display to support patients in hospital thanks to support from fundraisers and students.

Pupils from Newcastle College created the work for patients with diabetes at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The project followed a donation from Paul Yellop, Bryan Denley and friends, who raised nearly £4,000 after completing a 100-mile triathlon and holding a fund-raising evening at Chirton Social Club, North Shields.

The challenge was in memory of Paul’s son Lee, who received treatment at the hospital’s young adult diabetes service prior to his death in 2010 at the age of just 25.

The donation has enabled the department to provide entertainment devices for patients, who also requested art that was aimed at their age group – 16 to 25.

Graphic design students created colourful, retro-inspired artwork and images of local scenes were taken by photography students.

Stuart Bennett, consultant for diabetes, said: “Our thanks go to Paul Yellop and friends for their donation, the items and artwork are making a real difference to our young patients.

“Thanks also go to the students from Newcastle College – their fantastic artwork has really improved the environment for our patients and staff.”

Paula Adams, lecturer in art and design at Newcastle College, said: “It has been a great experience for Newcastle College students to work with Healing Arts on this exhibition of their artwork in the diabetes centre at North Tyneside General Hospital.

“Twenty two students studying on both the extended diploma in photography and extended diploma in graphic design and illustration have made beautiful and uplifting artwork that perfectly complements the hospital environment.”

Paul Yellop said: “All the lads were over the moon to be there and to see what the funds raised have been spent on and the difference they have made.”

Bryan and the lads have raised around £70,000 for different charities over the past few years and intend to continue to raise more funds in future

For further information about the trust’s Healing Arts programme contact (0191) 203 1354 or brightcharity@northumbria.nhs.uk