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Betsy's artwork brings colour to Children's Hospital

Whilst receiving treatment for a kidney infection at Staffordshire Children's Hospital at Royal Stoke in May last year, eight-year-old Betsy Davies from Bentilee took part in an arts workshop in partnership with local organisation Letting in the Light to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Her painting was one of 100 pieces of art created by patients and staff displayed across the Royal Stoke and County Hospitals.

Betsy was so proud of her work that mum Louise contacted UHNM Charity to make a donation, and her masterpiece is now hung pride of place in her bedroom.

Louise said: “The staff at Staffordshire Children's Hospital were amazing, and we couldn’t fault them at all. A week after she was discharged, Betsy even fibbed she was having kidney pains again so she could come back to the children’s hospital! She’s really happy that her painting was on display at UHNM.”

Betsy and Louise returned to Staffordshire Children’s Hospital last week as special guests as part of its third birthday celebrations to collect the masterpiece from Mark Jones, Directorate Manager.

Mark said: “We want to say a big thank you to Betsy and her mum for wanting to make a donation to us through UHNM Charity. The results of these workshops were were colourful and uplifting, providing a splash of colour and interest to hospital wards, was well as giving patients a respite from their clinical areas and being able to create something they're proud of.”

In total nine wards across UHNM took part in the project, also producing 40 metres of silk bunting which was hung last summer as part of the celebrations.

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