Photographer's gift will bring cheer to hospice patients

By Barrie Hudson - 24 August 2020

Charity

Prospect Hospice has received a gift of 16 images from a Swindon photographer.

  • Holding some of the images are, back left to right, Carolyn Bell, director of service and Dr Shelia Popert, medical director, and front, left to right, Kirsten Murphy and Jacqui Gullis, clinical lead

    Holding some of the images are, back left to right, Carolyn Bell, director of service and Dr Shelia Popert, medical director, and front, left to right, Kirsten Murphy and Jacqui Gullis, clinical lead

Kirsten Murphy gave the pictures, which make up a series called Nature's Seasons, to be permanently displayed on the walls of patients' rooms.

Kirsten said: “The idea behind the pictures was to bring the outside world inside, and I’m delighted to donate these images to Prospect Hospice to offer some visual peace to those staying in the hospice who are unable to venture into the beautiful garden.”

Carolyn Bell, director of services at Prospect Hospice said: “I am delighted that Kirsten has donated these tranquil photographs representing the seasons to Prospect Hospice, having been on tour at Royal United Hospital Bath and Great Western Hospital. 

"This is an enormously kind gesture and will really help to enhance the ambiance of the inpatient unit. 

"Our rooms all look out to the gardens here, which our patients and families really appreciate, and these photos, all taken in Wiltshire, help to bring nature even closer inside.”

Clinical lead Jacqui Gullis, who works in the inpatient unit, said: “Kirsten’s generous and unique donation further demonstrates the passion and commitment of the people of Wiltshire in supporting our patients and staff at Prospect Hospice.  

"Our goal is to ensure the best quality of life for all our patients during their stay at the hospice, and the images will help deliver our vision of the hospice being a vibrant, warm and friendly place.”

Prospect Hospice is celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing care, comfort and compassion to local people nearing the end of their lives.  

The charity recently announced that it needed to raise £2million to fund the gap left in its income following the pandemic. 

Information about the hospice, its work and how it can be helped can be found at www.prospect-hospice.net/donate

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