Local school puts heart into the art for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

The International School of London Surrey (ISL Surrey) delivered a specially commissioned artwork to Woking & Sam Beare Hospices on Thursday 29  June, which incorporated personal heart-shaped messages sent to the charity as part of their appeal to fund their new state-of-the-art facility in Goldsworth Park. The artwork was created as part of the school’s community service project for Year 9. It was handed over by three of the four students who had created it with Service Coordinator at the ISL Surrey, Lynn Jones.

The collaboration with the local charity started when one of Woking school’s parents passed away in the care of the hospice. “We wanted to get involved and give something back so we’ve donated bags full of unwanted clothes as well as this special artwork,” explained Lynn Jones.

The students came up with the idea for the artwork themselves. Having read the personal and beautiful messages that patients and relatives had sent to the hospice, they created frames with free-hanging four leaf clovers made up of all the hearts. The design enables people to read them.

Joana Fadalla, Sophie Milton and Madelief Peters explained they thoroughly enjoyed the project because some of them felt personally connected to it. Joanna had also been taking part in the hospice’s annual Midnight Walk fundraising event whilst the other two had had relatives with life-threatening illnesses.

The students roped in their friends to complete the artwork project (which would normally take several months) within a week. “I really enjoyed the process. I didn’t know what a hospice was before we started this, so it’s been really good,” commented Madelief Peters. Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Chief Executive Jayne Cooper said, “We are proud that the students have delivered such a colourful and thoughtful piece of art using the special messages of love and remembrance that many people have sent us about their loved ones. It is a reminder that our work affects so many patients and their families, not only here in the hospice itself, but also in the community and in people’s own homes, where 70% of our palliative care is given.”

The artwork will be displayed in both the public and in-patient areas of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ new building in Goldsworth Park, which opened its doors last month.  If you would like to find out more about the local charity and how you can support their work and new facility, please click here