Former Wroxham FC goalkeeper Liam Still's special legacy for sick children at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
PUBLISHED: 16:57 17 September 2013 | UPDATED: 17:00 17 September 2013
A charity set up in memory of a popular Sprowston footballer was yesterday adding bright colour to the lives of sick children at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Youngsters on Buxton ward were given the chance to lift the boredom of life in hospital by taking part in a pottery-painting session funded by the Liam Still Foundation.
Former Wroxham FC goalkeeper Liam Still, 21, was killed in a car crash in May last year, days before he was due to do a charity skydive, and his family set up the charity as a tribute to his fundraising work.
The pottery-painting, led by Filby craftswoman Sarah Hurren, is the latest children’s venture to be funded by the foundation which has so far raised £11,000.
Liam’s mother Amanda, of St Margaret’s Drive, Sprowston, looked on with delight as the children painted pottery dogs, cars, plates and mugs – and declared the session a “fantastic success”.
She said: “The kids have enjoyed the painting and babies have been coming in to have their hands and feet printed on mugs and plates.
“It’s not very exciting in hospital and this gives the youngsters something fun to do.”
Ms Hurren, of Thrigby Road, Filby, has been running her business, Sticky Prints, with her mother Sandi for three years and takes pottery- painting into schools and hospices as well as hospitals.
She said: “I was honoured to be asked by Amanda and the N&N to offer these pottery-painting sessions. It gives a chance for children to forget about their problems and why they are in hospital. Mums have been taking part too and that is great as it is a stressful time for them as well.”
Ms Hurren, who gave her time voluntarily with the foundation funding the materials, hopes the sessions in the ward will become regular monthly ones.
Once the pottery has been glazed and fired by Sticky Prints it will be brought back to the ward for the children to keep.
Emma Dolman, senior nurse for paediatric inpatients at the N&N, said: “This was such a lovely distraction for the children on Buxton ward and we are really grateful to Amanda for fundraising for us and to Sarah for sharing her skills with our children.”
Judy Holland, the hospital’s play specialist, said: “We know that any messy play has a great benefit for children of all ages and helps to both aid recovery and alleviate the stresses and frustrations that come from being in hospital.”
The foundation’s next event will be a charity ball at Sprowston Manor at 7pm on Saturday. Ticket details can be obtained from the charity’s website, www.liamstillfoundation.co.uk