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The repainted room

Much-loved local children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson is the inspiration behind a beautiful, newly refurbished, Isolation Room on Ash Ward at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Bright and colourful images inspired by Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s books, such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, now adorn the previously plain and clinical walls of the Isolation Room, where very sick children can spend up to several days at a time being treated. The room was completely renovated and redesigned in May by local children’s charity Momentum, made possible thanks to the generous donation of £7,200 from The Wisley Foundation.

With images of children playing in the sea, a hot air balloon and children jumping up and down for joy, each scene on the walls of the Isolation Room tells a story. The storyboard idea was a collaboration between Dame Jacqueline Wilson and illustrator Nick Sharratt, who provided many of the original illustrations for her books. Graphic artist Tudor Morris, who as a teenager was supported by Momentum, also assisted the project.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson said: “I'm so pleased and proud that Tudor has designed such a wonderful room using Nick Sharratt's illustrations from my books. If looking at the pictures gives a sick child some entertainment or comfort I shall be so happy.”