CLIFTON Hospital’s children’s waiting room is full of wild animals – painted on the walls.
The room, in the dermatology/rheumatology department, was white and bland until a local art teacher injected some fun and colour with a jungle theme.
It took Ellie Jakeman, who is the Art and Design BTEC and UAL course leader at Lytham St Annes Six Form College, almost six days to complete and the results have been a hit with both youngsters and adults.
Ellie said: “Following a project I did on Ward 1, I was contacted by the unit manager to see if I could brighten up the space.
“I decided on the jungle theme because being consumed by so many aspects of the drawings takes little minds off why they are here.”
Visiting children have loved the characters in the mural, giving them names and counting how many different animals and insects they can find. Even staff take breaks in the room when it is empty.
Dermatology Unit Manager, Jane Sanderson, said: “Ellie is an enormously talented artist and so kind for donating the mural to us.
“She did this in her own time over the summer holidays, she really loved doing it for us and this was reflected in her work and attitude. We have had brilliant feedback from patients and parents. It’s a great distraction when they are waiting to be seen in clinic and helps calm what could be a stressful visit to hospital.”
Ellie added: “I really enjoyed this project. The staff have really looked after me while I have been here.
“It’s lovely to see people really engage with the painting. If any of my artwork raises someone’s spirits, job done.”