Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
2:43 PM 1st April 2021

Wildlife Art For Young Patients

Liz outside the shop with photo
Liz outside the shop with photo
A local amateur wildlife photographer has donated four framed prints to Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Elizabeth Russell, a solicitor at Gateley Legal, donated the prints to decorate rooms that provide much needed sanctuary for children and their families on the Paediatric Neurosciences Ward. The prints will help people to reflect, providing a sense of calm in the midst of a busy ward.

Elizabeth was inspired to donate the photos following a period of fundraising that the Leeds office of Gateley Legal undertook to raise money for Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity. More than £7000 was raised by the company and has been spent to help towards funding a recent £100,000 refurbishment of the ward that was completed with the support of local charities, individuals and businesses.

The project has completely transformed the environment for young patients with brain or spinal injuries and neurological conditions. Young patients spend a lot of time on the ward following operations and for rehabilitation so having a lovely, welcoming and bright space is really important. The project included updating both the Quiet Room and Parent’s Room on the ward and Elizabeth’s spectacular photos have made a welcome addition to these vital spaces.

Marie Peacock, CEO at Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity said,
“Gateley Legal were a pleasure to work with throughout their dedicated fundraising and have helped to make a real difference for children and their families staying on the ward in the future. Elizabeth’s photos are absolutely stunning, they make a perfect addition to the rooms.”

Leeds Hospitals Charity, the charity of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, worked with supporters and the ward staff to ensure the project could go ahead.

Esther Wakeman, CEO at Leeds Hospitals Charity said,
“Elizabeth’s photos are a lovely addition to the ward that has been completely transformed thanks to generous donations. It’s now a relaxing, calm space for patients and families to use.”