ART HELPS CANCER PATIENTS
CANCER patients at Ipswich Hospital can enjoy stunning artwork of the Suffolk countryside when they visit the hospital’s new £4.7m Woolverstone Macmillan Cancer Centre, thanks to the creative efforts of some of their fellow patients.
The giant murals depicting the Suffolk countryside, its heathland, woods and coastline, are designed to lift the spirits of people with cancer and, in turn, help them cope with their illnesses. After more than 100 years of supporting people affected by cancer, Macmillan Cancer Support has learned from patients just what provides a welcoming and supportive environment for patients, their family and friends and, medical staff, so patients were invited to contribute thier ideasfor the murals.
Kwesi Marles, design lead for Macmillan Cancer Support said the aim was to create spaces in which patients’ needs come first.
“Art can lift the spirits, calm troubled minds and provide welcome distraction.”
The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre has brought together outpatient chemotherapy, oncology and haematology day services at and increases the number of people who can be treated each year from 9,000 to 21,000. It has also alleviated cramped conditions for staff, and provides patients with a pleasant environment that gives them dignity and privacy.
Artists Carry Akroyd and Julia Allum took the ideas given to them by the patients and turned them over many months into the giant murals. They include scenes of the Orwell Bridge, the beach at Southwold and typical heathland.
The Woolverstone Macmillan Cancer Centre opened its doors to patients on May 16. Fundraising continues – the total stands at £1.25m and the target is £3.7m. Call 0300 1000 200 or visit the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre appeal at www.macmillan.org. uk/ipswich
Murals in the Macmillan Woolverstone Centre, Ipswich