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Right Arrow ‘Follow the yellow brick road’ to the children’s ward
07 August 2007 at 14:06

Children can now join Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow on their way to the ward thanks to a mural painted by Southport based artist Clare Wright. The characters from the Wizard of Oz show the children how to ‘follow the yellow brick road’ to the unit.

The mural at Ormskirk & District General Hospital has been possible thanks to a donation from Northwest children’s charity MedEquip 4 Kids who have donated £8,000 towards the £10,000 cost. The other £2,000 was raised by staff of the children’s unit and from donations.

Shirley Coward, Matron of the children’s unit said, “We wanted a timeless theme that children of all ages will be able to relate to and following discussions with the artist and play specialists, The Wizard of Oz seemed the obvious choice. We hope the children like the mural and that it takes away some of the worry of coming into hospital. We are extremely grateful to MedEquip 4 Kids who have yet again donated money to the children’s unit. I would also like to thank all our staff for helping to raise the money as well.”

Clare Wright explained how the mural was made, “It is made out of laminated aluminium that was cut to the shape I wanted. I then used mainly acrylic paints but added some glass to give it a three-dimensional look. They were then given a number of protective coats of varnish. Each piece was then fixed to the wall. The reason I decided to do it like this rather than painting directly on to the wall is that when the walls themselves need to be redecorated, it can be taken off and then re-applied. That way it should last a lifetime.

“This is a total one-off. Although I have done more traditional murals before, this is the first time I have done it like this. I’m really pleased with the result, although painting some of the figures were quite difficult, particularly the tin man. I hope the children enjoy it and get some fun out of it at what can be quite a scary time for them.”

Notes to Editors
Picture above shows (l to r) Andrea Fitzgerald, Vicky Bunnage both from MedEquip 4 Kids, Clare Wright, Sir Ron Watson, Trust Chairman, Shirley Coward, Linda Connolly, Senior Sister.

(l to r) Clare Wright, Shirley Coward, Sir Ron Watson

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714