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					                              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.

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Notes to Editors: For further information please call Press and PR
Officer Craig Noonan on 01772 522727.

				
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