Bedford Borough Council

Sunflower House Mural

A project, which started in January 2010, is now ready to be unveiled at a special assembly, on Friday 25th March, at 1.30 - 2 pm, at Ridgeway School. On the day, the Sunflower House Mural will be revealed to an excited audience and its achievement celebrated alongside most of the 30 children who have been involved in its creation.

 

Sunflower House caters for children age 8-18 and provides short stays for children with disabilities, either as a respite care service for parents/ carers or for the children to meet new friends and participate in new activities in a different environment.

 

The idea of something to brighten up the garden at Sunflower House Residential Respite Unit came from the children and young people themselves. The children used the internet to source images and artwork that they were keen to secure in their environment, for people to enjoy for years to come.

 

Sunflower House staff contacted Paul Nicholson, a local freelance artist with many years experience of working with disabled children. Paul met with some children and the idea of the mural was agreed. After a few visits to talk with children at Sunflower House, it became clear that this could become a bigger project than first thought, and Paul applied to the ‘Aiming High for Disabled Children’ programme for funding.

 

Chris Hilliard, Executive Director for Children’s Services, Schools and Families, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “This has been a wonderful project in terms of stimulating young people’s imagination. The event will celebrate Sunflower House’s creativity and accomplishment. This artwork reflects the excellent partnership working between Sunflower House staff, a freelance artist, the ‘Aiming High’ programme and most importantly, the children themselves.”

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