Young cancer patient designs art for Peterborough City Hospital ward

Ben Clifton with CLIC Sargent Young People's Social Worker Samantha Dobbins
Ben Clifton with CLIC Sargent Young People's Social Worker Samantha Dobbins
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A young cancer patient at Peterborough City Hospital has designed the new decor for one of the rooms in the Oncology and Haematology ward.

Ben Clifton (18) is an art student at the Voyager Academy in Peterborough and is currently receiving treatment at the hospital.

He has been working closely with the hospital-based CLIC Sargent team to create a more welcoming environment for younger patients.

The designs that Ben has created have since been turned into vinyl wall art which now take pride of place in one of the rooms in the ward.

Ben said: “I discussed various ideas with other patients, the CLIC Sargent team and the staff on the unit.

“They all really liked my sketches of the film reel and musical instruments and the idea of the northern lights as the main image.

“It has been a great project to be involved in and something that has really focused my attention whilst receiving treatment.”

Mandy Gray, ward manager for the Oncology and Haematology ward, said: “Facing a cancer diagnosis is a terrifying process for anyone and particularly for our younger patients.

“We are really lucky to have our CLIC Sargent colleagues on site to help provide that additional support for these patients.

“Ben has done an amazing job in creating a tranquil scene for patients and I know that this will help in making the environment less intimidating and more welcoming in the unit.”