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Sculpture recognises donors and families

A special sculpture recognising the contribution made by organ donors and their families was unveiled at Poole Hospital today (19 July).

The 8ft Portland stone creation aims to celebrate the role of donors and their families in benefiting others in need. A poem written by children at Lytchett Minster School (pictured in the foreground below) is inscribed on one face, while butterfly, oak leaf and open hand motifs are intended to evoke growth and giving.

organ, donation, sculpturePortland Sculpture and Quarry Trust was commissioned by the Trust’s organ donation committee to supply the sculpture. The sculpture forms part of a national initiative aimed at recognising the contribution made by donors and their families, and raising the profile of organ donation.

The artwork was the brainchild of Dr Spike Briggs, consultant intensivist and the hospital’s organ donation lead (pictured to the right of the sculpture), and the hospital’s organ donation committee. The sculpture was carved by Hannah Sofaer and Paul Crabtree (pictured to the left of the sculpture) and was paid for from charitable funds.

sculpture, unveiledChief executive, Debbie Fleming, performed the official unveiling of the sculpture in front of guests including representatives from Dorset Police roads policing and family liaison services, Andy Gower, head of art and design at Lychett Minster School, and hospital departments including A&E, critical care and theatres.

Hospital chairman, Angela Schofield, told attendees: “This is a wonderful occasion, and we now have the most fantastic piece of art which is truly local.

organ donation plaque“It has been inspired by the most invaluable gift you can give to anyone – the gift of life and hope, and we are indebted to their selflessness.

“This is a great opportunity to draw attention to the impact that donors make and to improve awareness of organ donation.”

For more information on organ donation, visit http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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