Two new exhibitions celebrating the heroes of the RUH have gone on display at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.
The first, called ‘Heroes of the RUH’ is a legacy of Captain Sir Tom Moore who raised millions for NHS Charities Together and highlighted the incredible work that NHS staff do across the country. It comprises a series of photographic portraits with written stories about the people behind the masks and uniforms.
Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising said: “We are proud of all our staff, they are truly inspiring people and are going above and beyond every day to care for their patients. We wanted to show and celebrate our remarkable staff and share their experiences of the pandemic.
“In this exhibition you’ll read about the nurses who provide care around the clock, the surgeons who save lives, the therapists who help get us back on our feet, the cleaners who keep our hospital clean and the other dedicated staff who are keeping our hospital going, during this difficult time.
“It also gives patients and staff the opportunity to get to know the people behind the masks, or in our eyes, the hero behind the uniform, no one can resist walking past without stopping to take a look.”
The exhibition has been funded by NHS Charities Together and is just one of the many ways that the RUH’s charity is supporting staff and patient wellbeing. The charity has also funded staff care packs, communication devices to help patients stay in touch with loved ones, and longer-term psychological support for staff.
Rhyannon said: “We’re delighted to see the staff photos and stories on display as they originally featured in our Christmas Campaign last year which raised a significant amount and funded many projects at the RUH. It was a colleague of ours, Richard Howman who took these incredible photos.
The second exhibition is a silent auction, called Art for Heroes. It originated at the Abbey Hotel’s Art Bar in the centre of Bath and is a tribute to RUH staff. The hotel’s closure during COVID-19 presented an ideal opportunity to transfer the exhibition to the RUH, which the hotel supports.
Tony Smith, Exhibtions Manager, Art at the Heart said: “The exhibition is a fantastic showcase of work by local artists, including Royal photographer Joe Short and Bath’s ever popular ‘Pete the Street’, Peter Brown, together with some new works not seen before. All work is for sale with 40% of all sales donated to RUH staff health and wellbeing projects There will also be an online catalogue of all the works on display.
“If you would like to see the work and place a bid, visit: www.jumblebee.co.uk/ruhheroesartauction2.”
Both exhibitions are in the main central corridor of the hospital and will be there for three months. As visiting restrictions remain in place at the hospital, only staff and patients who have appointments can visit them.