A rtistic students from Sussex Downs College have teamed up with a local children’s charity, Rockinghorse, to create a special mural for sick children.

The team of five, all studying applied art and design, spent six weeks creating the wildlife-themed artwork in the children’s emergency department at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.

Samantha Clark working on the tiger painting
Samantha Clark working on the tiger painting

The vibrant mural features a variety of wild animals and insects.

It is hoped the painting will relieve anxiety for children and parents when they have been admitted to the A&E unit.

Student Vita Measure-Hughes, 17, said: “I am hugely grateful for this opportunity and being able to give back to such a fantastic hospital that helped me a lot when I was younger.

“I hope our mural helps patients and families by making their stay a little bit easier, along with the wonderful staff who are still just as engaging and caring as they were for me 15 years ago when I was an inpatient.”

Main pic: From left: Sussex Downs College students Isabel Macpherson, Vita Measure-Hughes, Amy Godfrey, all aged 17, and Archie Benton and Samantha Clark, both 18, with the finished mural

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