ART HELPS CAN­CER PA­TIENTS

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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

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