10 July 2017

Blossom the elephant arrives at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital

Giant elephant sculpture to add splash of colour at Northern General Hospital

A GIANT ELEPHANT sculpture has been donated to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital as part of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Arts in Health initiative.

Designed by Sue Webber, Blossom the elephant is the latest creative addition to the Trust’s bid to improve patients’ well-being through creative activities.

The elephant, which was influenced by the delicacy of traditional Asian flower paintings, is decorated with soft pink blossoms on a light blue background. There are also detailed birds with golden wings amongst the branches.

It was donated to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital by Sheffmed, who manufacture medical equipment and assist with ear, nose and throat care in Africa.

Blossom the elephant will take up permanent residence outside the Northern General Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit.

Sonia Hobson, Sheffmed Director said: “Blossom is a beautiful piece of art and whilst she looked fantastic at Sheffmed HQ, there did seem to be an ‘elephant in the room’ and we thought she would be best given as a gift to the people of the Palliative Care Unit. We hope that she brings joy to the public, staff and patients of the hospital and are certain that she will inspire creative art workshops for years to come.”

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals was recently awarded £80,000 by Arts Council England and £35,000 from Sheffield Hospitals Charity to fund arts sessions for patients. Art has not only been shown to be therapeutic for patients, but it can also aid rehabilitation.


Pictured with Blossom the elephant is (from the left): Sonia Hobson, Director of Sheffmed and Danielle Parker-Jessop Patient Partnership Arts Coordinator at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust




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