Children from Cricklade Manor Prep thank the NHS with all their hearts

By Ben Fitzgerald - 2 June 2020


Children from Cricklade Manor Prep school have created a beautiful piece of art to celebrate and thank NHS workers, and raise money for NHS charities. Inspired by Head of Art Nicky Brookes, 145 children have created hearts using all types of media while on lockdown. They have been combined into a joyful patchwork design for posters and tea towels which are being sold to parents and the wider community as a fundraiser.

Mrs Brookes has been setting fun art challenges every week since the school closed, which have proved hugely popular with the boys and girls. But this one was special, with nearly every child in the school contributing.

‘This has been a very unusual time for all of us,’ said Mrs Brookes. ‘We have families at school that include doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers. We are so aware of the incredible strain that our NHS staff have been under and the amazing work they have carried out. I wanted to find a way that would help us all say thank you. And create something that will be a memento of this extraordinary time. The hearts the children produced are absolutely beautiful. I’m so proud of what they have achieved.’

The posters are being printed by Wiltshire company Corsham Print, who are supplying them at cost, allowing the school to raise more money for NHS charities. All the local doctors’ surgeries and Great Western Hospital in Swindon will also receive a poster.

Earlier in the pandemic, Cricklade Manor Prep put their 3D printers to good use, printing face masks for local surgeries.

If you would like to order a poster or tea towel, please email

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