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Memory murals for dementia patients

10 September 2019

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The dementia wards at Southend University Hospital have been decorated with murals depicting images from Southend’s past such as the pier and Kursaal. It is hoped the four murals on Windsor and Princess Anne wards will spark soothing memories for patients.

The murals were created by volunteer artist Richard Ashton, from Rayleigh, who dedicated 250 hours of his own time to complete them.

Richard is no stranger to Southend Hospital having previously painted murals in paediatric outpatients department and a seaside mural in the entrance to the Day Assessment Unit.

Jane O'Connell, voluntary services manager, said: "Richard has, once again, done an incredible job creating these new murals for our dementia patients to enjoy. Richard got his inspiration from old photos of Southend past and he dedicated so much of his free time during the quieter hours on the wards."

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Image (l-r):  Lucy Hollings (Windsor ward deputy manager), Richard Ashton, Lisa Thompson (ward manager).