Rainbow of hope to brighten hospital

A rainbow inspired piece of art has been installed at Blackpool Victoria Hospital to enable staff, community and patients to share messages of hope, kindness and thanks.

The hospital has created a ‘Gratitude Rainbow’, housed in the Main Entrance, in recognition of the determination and devotion shown by hard-working staff each and every day. People can put messages of support onto the rainbow artwork for all to see.

Samantha Landon, from the Staff Engagement Team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was inspired to create the rainbow after spotting her neighbour’s design.

She said: “Their rainbow really struck a chord with me. The messages left by passers-by were so heartfelt and touching – it was clear to see the positive impact it was having on all those who saw it.

“During these difficult times, when every day brings new challenges, it feels more necessary, now than ever, to offer a space to share positivity and a rainbow felt like the perfect way to do this.

“People can contribute to the Gratitude Rainbow by sending their messages to the Staff Engagement Team, who will ensure messages are rotated on a regular basis.

“We hope that long after the Coronavirus has left us, and our lives have returned to ‘normal’, that everyone will continue to use the rainbow to share their messages of positivity and kindness.”

Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, funded the project and Kila Redfearn, Head of the Charity, is pleased to see the new addition displayed at the hospital.

She added: “We’re really happy to see something so positive and colourful being displayed in the main entrance of the hospital, particularly during this challenging time.

“It’s such a lovely way for staff and patients to show their appreciation for our NHS, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future.”

If members of the public wish to write a message to be included, please send to bfwh.orgdevelopment@nhs.net and the message must be 80 characters or less.