An award-winning children’s author and illustrator has completed a mural at a hospital’s paediatric X-ray room.
Local artist James Mayhew painted the fairy tale- themed mural at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds.
Mr Mayhew, who has written or illustrated the Katie and Gaspard The Fox books, said he hoped the mural “will calm children’s nerves”.
Radiographer Ed Kirkham said: “We know that this mural will help so many of our young patients.”
Mr Mayhew, who grew up in the Suffolk village of Blundeston, is the writer behind theand illustrated Zeb Soanes’ Gaspard books.
He said all of his murals had different themes, relating to the location’s heritage or culture, and it took “many months” to decide on this particular piece.
“We all agreed on something linking to Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk generally,” he continued, with the finished mural depicting many aspects of local folklore.
“We have the wolf of St Edmund; Cap-o’-Rushes, which is a Suffolk variant of the Cinderella story; the; Tom Tit Tot, which is a variant of Rumpelstiltskin; the Dragon of Bures; and finally the .”
Mr Mayhew is an adviser to, who campaign for children’s rights to access the arts, and a patron of , an educational charity that delivers art workshops in schools nationally.
“I am extraordinarily passionate about using art to help children, and as someone who has received wonderful NHS care throughout my life, I wanted to give something back that will help improve the experience these children have as they undergo tests and treatment,” he said.
Mr Kirkham said: “Following the renovation of our paediatric X-ray room, we approached James, who we knew was a renowned children’s illustrator.
“We were over the moon when James agreed to do the mural as donation to the hospital, and we couldn’t be happier with the result.”
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