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Mural artists paint the rainbow at our hospital to commemorate the COVID-19

A local street art business has painted a colourful, inspirational mural at The Princess Alexandra Hospital to commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marc Silver, CEO and founder of professional street art company MurWalls, has donated the artwork to our hospital in thanks for the hard work and dedication of all of our people in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

The mural (pictured – photo credit: Gavin Vickers) features a rainbow to symbolise the COVID-19 pandemic and flowers as a representation of hope. It is located outside the Alexandra restaurant, at the rear of the site.

MurWalls artist Szilvia Noel worked on the mural throughout Saturday (22 August), before unveiling the creation as dusk approached.

Marc said: “When the pandemic hit the UK, we all felt very hopeless and wanted to find ways in which we could help the community. As a Harlow resident, our offer to paint a mural for our local hospital felt like a small gesture, but something we hoped could put a smile on the faces of the amazing staff working tirelessly throughout.

“We worked together with PAHT in order to obtain the image to achieve this goal. We are very proud of what we have done and have already seen the positive effect it has had on the staff and patients whom have passed by.

“During the project, we felt an enormous sense of pride, being part of a special community spirit in Harlow. The support and generosity came from so many different people and places including Hirebase Harlow, Harlow’s Brewers Decorator Centre, HNE Media Services for video production, photographer Gavin Vickers, David Baker, the team at Passmores Academy for kindly preparing the wall for the artist, and the estates team at PAHT.

“We hope that the mural not only lifts people’s spirits, but also shows a message of how we can achieve things by working together as one.”

Ogechi Emeadi, director of people, organisational development and communications said: “We are extremely grateful to Marc and the MurWalls team for choosing to gift this beautiful bespoke artwork to our hospital.

“It means so much to us to see the incredible support our people have from our local community. We all give our heartfelt thanks for this wonderful gesture.”

Photo credit: Gavin Vickers

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.

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