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Thoughtful gift from young patient

Imogen VlugterA storybook print of a young child comforting a dragon now brightens the Paediatric Ward thanks to a young patient.

When Imogen Vlugter, 11, spent several days in hospital last year she and her mother Julie found comfort in the hospital’s public artwork. That is why Imogen later decided to donate a framed print to the ward, in the hope that it cheers up other parents and patients.

A keen artist, Imogen won the signed print by Nelson artist Anna Aceves in a colouring competition. It depicts a young child hugging a sad dragon – an image that Imogen says children can relate to. “Sometimes even the bravest people need hugs,” Imogen says.

When Jenny Black, our board chairperson, met Imogen and Julie to receive the painting, she said that staff would also appreciate it. “Art can be very uplifting and our staff enjoy looking at paintings because they can have days when things haven’t gone too well,” Jenny says.

A plaque has been installed next to the artwork in the Paediatric Ward to acknowledge Imogen’s gift.