NHS 70: Creative youngsters design celebratory bunting for Newham University Hospital

Jaden Monserrat Palma, 14 and Maria Grace Edassery aged 8 receiving their certificates from Playwork

Jaden Monserrat Palma, 14 and Maria Grace Edassery aged 8 receiving their certificates from Playworker Hamira Elahi and holding their bunting designs - Credit: Archant

Talented young artists have seen their designs turned into bunting to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Jaden Monserrat Palma, 14 and Maria Grace Edassery aged 8 receiving their certificates from Playwork

Jaden Monserrat Palma, 14 and Maria Grace Edassery aged 8 receiving their certificates from Playworker Hamira Elahi and holding their bunting designs - Credit: Archant

Two hundred children across east London got creative for the competition, organised by Barts Health NHS Trust.

Six lucky winners have had their designs printed and hung across the trust’s five hospital sites.

Two of the winners, Jaden Monserrat Palma, 14, and eight-year-old Maria Grace Edassery, were presented with certificates at Newham University Hospital’s Rainbow ward on Wednesday.

The girls, both from Newham, were also given a string of the bunting bearing their designs.


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Play specialist Hamera Elahai encouraged young patients to get involved, and said: “The birthday bunting makes the hospital much more colourful and was great fun for the children.

“All staff on Rainbow ward are very proud of their artwork.”

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Jaden, who hopes to work as an artist when older, added: “It has inspired me to pursue my dream and made me appreciate diversity”.

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