A group of enthusiastic young volunteers have given their time, energy and money to brighten areas of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust's hospital at Green Lane, Devizes. They renovated the family visiting room where parents and their children can spend time together when a parent is an inpatient on the Poppy ward (under 18's are not allowed on the ward).
The group of 12 sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds who are participating in the NCS community citizenship summer programme raised over £750 for Headlight. They were able to purchase furniture, toys, games and books for the family room, as well as commissioning a muralist to create beautiful floral murals on the Poppy and Bluebell units.
Over the course of 3 days, the team repainted the family room, painted bunting and chalkboard flower murals, replaced the furniture and added lots of bright decorative touches. The donated a huge selection of new toys and books to stock the playroom and keep children entertained.
Jane Salmon, the Modern Matron at Green Lane Hospital said: "The artwork that the team did looks absolutely amazing. Thank you so much to the young people for their enthusiasm and support. The newly-decorated room is a far brighter and more welcoming environment for patients and their families."
Headlight would like to thank all of the groups of young people on the NCS programme who have chosen to support us. There are many wonderful stories that we will be sharing over the coming weeks; their support in raising both funds and awareness has been absolutely incredible.