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Work of art pays tribute to donors of vital organs

The work of art was put in place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading last week.

The work of art was put in place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading last week.

  • by Jon Robinson
 

A colourful memorial which pays tribute to organ donors has been installed with the aid of two Leeds firms.

The work of art was put in place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading last week.

The Hospital Art Studio, based at Woodgate Studios in Pool-in-Wharfedale, took care of the design and illustration, while Digital Plus, based in Kirkstall, manufactured and installed the piece.

The sizeable creation dominates the main entrance, taking up an entire wall and symbolises the new lease of life given to transplant patients.

The specially-commissioned work features native butterflies of the area and is intended to be a place where families can remember their loved ones.

Artist Karen van de Bospoort, of the Hospital Art Studio, said: “We are extremely proud of this piece because we have been working on it for so many months.

“When I walked into the hospital and saw it for the first time, I was gobsmacked at how good it looked.

“People’s reaction to it was amazing when it was unveiled.

“It’s a really important piece because not only is it a memorial to those who have donated organs, but is also meant to inspire people to sign up.

“After viewing the project on my computer for some months, it is always reassuring that when installed, it appears just how I had envisaged.”

Karen’s firm, which she runs with her husband Tony, is also close to completing a heritage display featuring the old Leeds Stock Exchange for stockbrokers Redmayne-Bentley.

Speaking about the mural, Trish Collins, team manager at the South Central Organ Donation Services Team, said: “It is truly a beautiful piece or work and looks amazing.”

A hospital spokesman added: “The idea is that people can come in and sit quietly and remember their loved ones.”

Previous transplant patients at the hospital were in attendance when the art work was unveiled, along with the creators.

Simon Porter, sales and marketing director at Digital Plus, said: “It was one of the best projects that we have been involved in. The reception to it has been amazing.”

 

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