Project combines NHS heroes, wildlife, football and art

Project combines NHS heroes, wildlife, football and art

By Michael Upton | 10/11/2021

Project combines NHS heroes, wildlife, football and art


YOUNG people are getting in touch with their artistic side thanks to an ambitious painting project dreamed up to celebrate NHS heroes and revel in the joys of nature.

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is leading the mural work at Kimberworth.

The first two panels of the 12-panel artwork were completed by a group from the National Citizen Service programme in the summer, with more groups having since made their own mark.

One panel, complete with selfie-friendly angel wings, pays tribute to the NHS, while further additions feature wildlife and focus on the seasons.

RUCST youth engagement manager Carole Foster said: “I can’t believe how fantastic it looks.

“The panels are full of vibrant colours and the young people have thoroughly enjoyed being involved with the project.  

“The mural is only part-complete, as we are working with local artist Phil Padfield and a number of locals children’s groups, from 1st Rotherham cubs and scouts and Blackburn Junior and Infant School to Millmoor Juniors and Winterhill School.  

“Each group will complete a separate panel, which will eventually complete the full 12-panel mural.

“We hope the local residents love it as much as they children and young people have enjoyed creating it.”

The project was funded through South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation as part of there #IWill program, which encourages young people to become more active in their communities and engaged in social action.