NEWS RELEASE 1 August 2007 111/2007 Art attack Local businesses are being urged to help poorly children being cared for at Royal Preston Hospital by providing art equipment for a special day on the wards. The Children’s Unit and Outpatients Clinic at the hospital will be holding an Art Attack day on 1 September but the hospital needs canvasses, paints and other art equipment to run the event. On the day youngsters on the wards will be encouraged to design pieces of artwork to brighten up the ward areas and offices which are being refurbished this summer. A professional art therapist will also work with the children. The event’s brainchild is Michelle Melling, Modern Matron, Paediatrics, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Michelle said: “The aim of the day is for youngsters to have some fun and enjoy themselves and hopefully allow them to forget for a little while that they are being cared for in hospital. “The event is also a fantastic opportunity for children to design pieces of artwork for the unit and leave their mark at the hospital. It is a children’s unit and there’s no better way to decorate it than by displaying art created by young patients. “A number of businesses and organisations have kindly donated items for us to display, such as signed framed items from football clubs, but we desperately need art equipment, such as canvasses and paints, for the children to create their own designs.” She added: “We would really appreciate any help.” If you have art items that you would like to donate to the children’s unit please call 01772 523497. -ends- Notes to Editors: For further information please call Press and PR Officer Craig Noonan on 01772 522727.