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ORGAN DONATION DANDELION ART NOW INSTALLED AND OFFICIALLY OPENED AT DERRIFORD HOSPITAL, PLYMOUTH

Gift of Life Dandelion Seedheads close-upThis past weekend, whilst other parts of the country were suffering floods, we spent a very enjoyable time in and around Plymouth. This was not simply a weekend break though, as part of the time was spent in the main entrance to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. The reason we were in Plymouth was to oversee the installation of our latest organ donation art that began on Friday morning – with much excited eagerness on our part!

Installation of Plymouth Organ Donation ArtHuge thanks go to the installation team, whose composed attention to detail and expertise takes the pressure out of what could be a very stressful situation. Even when everything has been planned meticulously, spares have to be in supply just in case slight, at the last minute, amendments need to be made!

Plymouth Hospital Seedheads close-upEven though we have viewed the artwork on computer many times, Photoshopping the design onto images of the hospital wall, the final scale just takes our breath away! And indeed the comments we received from many people passing along the corridor showed they felt the same way! It is at times like these that we both feel extremely elated that as artists we are doing all we can to bring the message of organ donation to life, whilst at the same time creating a stunning piece of art for all to appreciate.

Plymouth Organ Donation Art Unveiling EventMonday morning was the inauguration ceremony led by Martin Walker, Chair of the PHNT Organ Donation Committee, who said: “The Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Organ Donation Committee wished to formally and publicly acknowledge the profound generosity of organ donors, and their families who so kindly supported their decision, by commissioning a suitable piece of art.”

Sean Carey, Principal Clinical Scientist in the Combined Labs at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, donated a kidney to his older brother Julian in June 2013. He said: “From the donor’s point of view it is such a safe thing to do and there is no change in lifestyle. From the recipient’s point of view my brother has just come back from a two week holiday which he would not have been able to have before the transplant and he is in full time work which was severely curtailed previously by dialysis three times a week and periods of illness.”

Showing the scale of the new Plymouth Organ Donation ArtAnd Tony, while being interviewed for ITV West Country News, said: “The design provides a strong metaphor for survival – the dandelion seed heads being nature’s timepiece and the seeds themselves leading to regeneration, restoration and the continuation of life. It will provide a focus of attention in the main concourse and be a fitting tribute and recognition of the generosity contained within the act of organ donation.”

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