University students bring outdoors in for hospice patients with giant mural

Big-hearted students from the University of Gloucestershire Illustration degree course have installed a giant mural into our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s inpatient unit.

University of Gloucester shire students painting mural on Leckhampton Court Hospice inpatient unit
Leckhampton inpatient unit mural being admired
A close-up of elements of Leckhampton mural on inpatient unit
Leckhampton staff meet the students who created mural

The half-metre by 7m long piece of intricate artwork incorporates illustrations of wildlife, flora and fauna from around the hospice grounds, bringing the outdoors in to help increase feelings of well-being for patients, families and visitors.

Working in collaboration with day hospice staff over the past six months, the group of big-hearted University of Gloucestershire Illustration students have created a stunning mural incorporating badgers, foxes, bees, a variety of local birds, fruit trees and hollyhocks.

Bringing the outdoors in

“Spending time outdoors has been proven to help boost feelings of health and happiness, but for some of our patients being cared for on our inpatient unit, it is not always possible to be outside," said Emily Bainbridge, Creative Arts Coordinator at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. "That’s why we’re bringing the outdoors in, working with Illustration students from the University of Gloucestershire on this stunning giant inspired-by-nature mural.

"It has been wonderful having the team of students visiting us in our dedicated art space to develop their ideas.

"As a result of our collaboration with the Illustration Department, we will have two students coming to volunteer with us in the art room over the summer holidays to skills share with our patients."

“It’s been great to give back to the local community”

University of Gloucestershire student Kelly Meadows, 38, said: “Creating this mural was a fantastic project to be involved in as it has been very rewarding on both a personal and professional level. It is great to be giving back to the local community and it was a great experience to for us to be working so collaboratively.”

"I hope the mural can help to bring the outside in for those patients that are not able to go outside themselves," added student Olivia Chapman, 19.

“Students from the university have supported Sue Ryder in a variety of different ways over the years, through volunteer work and fundraising campaigns, building a close relationship with Leckhampton Court Hospice," commented Stewart Dove, Student Registrar, Student Services at University of Gloucestershire.

"The students have worked hard to create this mural inside the hospice that will, hopefully, bring some comfort for those patients who are unable to access nature and outside spaces as often as they would like to.”

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