Welland Medical follows its heart to support local hospice
A local art trail, organised by St. Catherine's Hospice, captured the heart of Welland Medical during its 10-week duration. The HeART to Heart trail saw artists from Sussex and Surrey design 26 unique heart sculptures which were positioned throughout the local area to form a trail for members of the community to follow over the summer months.
One heart in particular caught the attention of staff at Welland, the Bee Kind heart, designed by Sussex based art teacher and illustrator Johanna Patterson, which was positioned close to Welland's headquarters in Manor Royal. The beautiful heart, which appears to be dripping in honey and is adorned with honeycomb and bees, struck a chord with the local manufacturer of stoma care solutions due to the use of Manuka honey in their latest range of products for people who have had bowel or bladder surgery.
The culmination of the trail saw the hearts appearing in a farewell exhibition, before being auctioned off to find their forever homes and help raise funds for the hospice. Representatives from Welland attended the exclusive event and were delighted when their winning bid secured the Bee Kind heart.
When asked why winning this heart meant so much to Welland, Chris Primett, Managing Director, commented: "St. Catherine's has been our company's charity for over 10 years and many of our employees have a special connection with their unique work. This heart is in special memory of one of our colleagues, who recently lost his fight with cancer, and the years he spent designing products to help improve the lives of others".
Staff from Welland were on-hand to receive the special delivery from St. Catherine's Hospice on 27th November and the heart now takes pride of place for everyone to enjoy.