Kids win art competition at QE

Posted on Wed, 27/02/2013

The children of some of the staff who work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead have been putting their stamp on a £32m project to build a new emergency care centre.

The children, aged between five and 11, attend the Holiday Den, a subsidised childcare programme which runs during the school holidays for the children of staff who work for the Trust, other NHS organisations or the private sector.

During the Christmas holidays, they received a visit from Miller Construction, the main contractor, currently delivering the QE’s new £32m Emergency Care Centre.

The children learned about the work that is being done at the hospital where most of their parents work and found out more about the variety of career opportunities available in the construction industry.

They also took part in a competition to design some new hoardings to go round the QE site whilst the building work is on-going and yesterday got to see their artwork go up on display at the hospital.

Judith Portlock, Childcare Co-ordinator for the QE, said: “The standard of entries was fantastic and the children really put their heart and souls into illustrating what the hospital meant to them. It’s amazing to see the artwork recreated on to such large hoardings and really made them feel part of the hospital community where their parents work.”

Cameron Stewart, Project Director, Miller Construction, added: “We were delighted to unveil the children’s artwork on the site hoardings, as we progress with works on the new Emergency Care Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The art competition was designed to allow the children from the Holiday Den to learn about the building works and use their creativity to add some colour to the site hoardings. Additionally, it will help guide the patients and visitors to the new temporary main entrance for the duration of the construction work due to the old main entrance being inaccessible within the site boundary.

“At Miller we are committed to working with the local communities in the areas where we work and always aim to bring benefits to those living and working in the area.”

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