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RAPS Children’s Art Brightens Up Cancer Centre

Children of key workers at Ramsgate Arts primary are helping to brighten up the Viking Day Unit chemotherapy centre at the QEQM Hospital in Margate.

The pupils who are attending school during the current lockdown were invited to create some pictures for staff and patients..and set to work with bright and bold colours.

The young artists created multi-coloured collages that also featured rainbows and a message saying NHS – thankyou.

The request came from Carrie Merry, the chemotherapy unit manager, whose daughter Lauren is a Teaching Assistant at RAPS.

Carrie was delighted when she received a selection of artwork. She said: “They are wonderful and it has certainly brightened up my morning putting them up in our display cases.  I'm sure it will be a talking point with our patients for many weeks to come.

“I want to say a huge thank you from myself, all my team at Viking and all our patients.”

Head of School Nick Budge said: “The Viking Day Unit is an integral and vitally important part of our hospital service and carries out splendid work with such dedication, care and professionalism.

“Our key worker children are working hard in their lessons in school during the lockdown and they jumped at the chance to create artwork for the hospital. It was a great opportunity for them to demonstrate their artwork skills and empathise with our community.

“RAPS is always happy to support those people and organisations that work tirelessly and selflessly for the benefit of others – the QEQM is a shining example of that.”

Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School at Broadstairs and Chilton Primary School, Ramsgate.

To book a tour of RAPS and see the arts learning in action, contact Head of School Nick Budge on 01843 582847.