Juniper Ward, which is part of Weston Hospital, supports the most vulnerable patients with mental health issues in the area. A member of their staff emailed St Mark's, as well as other schools in the Weston area, asking if the children could make rainbows for a rainbow room that a member of their team wanted to set up in Juniper Ward. I contacted one of my creative staff, Rachel Taylor, asking her if she would kindly work with the children of our key workers in preparing a banner using the children's hand prints in the form of a rainbow. She took home several hundred little hand prints, and 'burnt the midnight oil' putting together the beautiful banner which is more than 2 metres long. I was really taken aback the next morning when she brought it into school. She had really gone the extra mile - I was thrilled with it! The banner captures such an essence of peace & hope - the photo does not do it justice. The banner depicts hope being in the palm of our hands; it is within our reach.
I have heard from the nurse at Juniper Ward who was so pleased with the banner - it is up in their Rainbow Room. I had a photo taken of it and have arranged for a rainbow banner to be printed and displayed on our school railings. I have also arranged for posters of it to be printed to send to other local hospitals, care homes, the Bath & Wells Trust & the Diocese to spread a little hope, peace & joy. All staff going to include the image onto their email signature as well.
The rainbow poster is amazing and beautiful!! Thank you so much and please pass on enormous thanks to the children – it has really made the nurses smile lots!!