Date of release: Wednesday 4th March, 2015
The winners of an art competition that will see a permanent memorial installed outside the new £38million emergency centre at New Cross Hospital have been announced.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust worked with the University of Wolverhampton to design, develop and install an artwork, in a tribute to people who have donated organs and tissues.
Donor families were supportive of the memorial in remembrance of their loved ones, to promote organ and tissue donation and to recognise the work of healthcare staff who coordinate the donation and transplant services.
Through a competition, a total of 15 students from the University submitted creative designs for the memorial, which were exhibited at the School of Creative Arts and Design, before the winners were announced at an awards ceremony.
The winners were Matthew Sadler and Neal Welch, who joined up to create the ‘Gift of Life.’
The two artists, both 21, said the competition was ‘a brilliant opportunity and for such a great cause.’
Matthew added: “The artwork is an abstract representation of DNA and of the continuation of life – the gift of life. We are both so excited to have won and now look forward to getting the artwork developed and installed outside the new Emergency Centre.”
Dr Wendy Walker, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton and Project Lead, said: “Organ and tissue donation can save and transform lives. Our artwork, in the form of a memorial, will pay tribute to organ and tissue donors, their families and our healthcare teams. The enthusiasm and commitment of the students has been fantastic. We expect the memorial to be in place by mid-November.”
Dr Walker thanked the board at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Dr Janet Anderson, Chair of the Trust Organ Donation Group for supporting this initiative, and the Trust charity for their donation towards the design and making of the memorial.
Certificates were presented by Dr Cheryl Etches OBE, Chief Nurse and deputy Chief Executive at RWT. She added: “This competition has been an excellent collaboration between the Trust and the University and the outcome will be a wonderful piece of artwork that will be a lasting tribute to donors and their families.”
The new emergency centre is on track to open in late November this year and is three times the size of the current A&E at New Cross Hospital.
Dr Etches added: “We will have one of the UK’s most advanced emergency buildings and urgent care systems, supporting our staff with the very best facilities and enabling us to continue to put our patients first.
“This is great news for the population we serve. “
For more info contact RWT Head of Communications Richard Radcliffe on 01902 695900.