This week saw the launch of our weekly arts activity sessions at the Jessop Wing Maternity Unit. Expectant mums awaiting the arrival of their bundles of joy can often be twiddling their thumbs day in, day out, so we thought what better place to offer the opportunity to relax, listen to some music, chat and have a go at something fun and creative?
Patient Jade, her mum Lynn and best friend Kirsty were eager to get stuck in with the craft activities – origami butterflies and card making. Lynn chose the Greatest Showman soundtrack and we were soon crafting, chatting and singing away.
Jade told us, ‘With everything I have been through it was great to get my mind off it and smile.’
Jade made a football-themed card for her two young boys at home being looked after by dad while she’s in hospital. She thoroughly enjoyed the arts session and surprised herself with her handiwork even joking about starting her own card business!
Mum Lynn said, ‘It passed a much needed hour for your headspace. We laughed, we sang, and talked. Hope this hits off and keeps going. Can’t wait for next time.’
Best friend Kirsty enthused, ‘It was a nice, friendly environment and an uplifting atmosphere – it felt like you weren’t in hospital.’
So we’re off to a flying start! We’re looking forward to meeting and getting creative with many more patients , relatives and staff at Jessops in 2020!