The newly-refurbished Isolation Room in Kingston Hospital’s Sunshine Ward, inspired by much-loved local children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson, has been unveiled today.
Bright and colourful images inspired by Wilson’s books, such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, now adorn the previously plain walls of the room in the hospital’s paediatrics department, where sick children can spend up to several days at a time being treated.
The room has been completely renovated and redesigned by local children’s charity Momentum, made possible thanks to the generous donation of over £6,000 raised by pupils at Newland House School in Twickenham.
With images of children playing in the sea, a hot air balloon and children jumping up and down for joy, each scene on the walls of the Isolation Room tells a story. The storyboard idea was a collaboration between Dame Jacqueline Wilson and illustrator Nick Sharratt, who provided many of the original illustrations for Jacqueline Wilson’s books. Local graphic artist Tudor Morris, who as a teenager was supported by Momentum, also assisted the project.
Matron for Paediatrics at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Sarah Shade, said: “The newly refurbished isolation room will make such a difference to our patients and staff. What was previously a bland-looking space has been transformed into a colourful, fun and inviting room which is imperative in helping to relieve the anxiety that many children can understandably feel when they are in isolation. Some of our children can spend several days in this room and an environment like this can really help the healing process. We are very grateful to Momentum and Newland House School for making this makeover possible.”
Dame Jacqueline Wilson said: “I'm so pleased and proud that Tudor has designed such a wonderful room using Nick Sharratt's illustrations from my books. If looking at the pictures gives a sick child some entertainment or comfort I shall be so happy.”
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Momentum supports children and their families across Surrey and SW London who are faced with the diagnosis of cancer or another life-limiting condition. The charity offers practical and emotional support through its Family Support Programme; providing holidays, trips and treats to help during the stress of treatment, and also refurbishing areas within hospitals to help enhance the healing environment.
For more information about Momentum, please contact Yvonne Winborn on 07970 286115.