Spinal patients at Salisbury District Hospital will have a unique opportunity to capture their own sporting achievements on camera as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games celebrations.
It will also give current patients the chance to record the achievements of past Paralympians, many of whom were originally treated in the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre.
The patients will be working with the hospital’s ArtCare team who have been awarded the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme for its Beyond the Line project. Beyond the Line supports activities and events that highlight the sporting and artistic skills and abilities of people with a spinal cord injury.
Lesley Meaker, from ArtCare said: “We work closely with our spinal patients to help them come to terms with life changing injuries or conditions and provide them with creative activities that enable them to reach their full potential. This project can help provide the encouragement and inspiration to find a new start, new motivation and direction in life - even when their health or physical ability has been affected.”
Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “Beyond the Line encourages spinal patients at Salisbury District Hospital to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as ArtCare, we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in providing opportunities for patients to access artistic activities and learn new skills to enhance their lives during and beyond a hospital stay.”
Photographs taken by patients will be used in a hospital exhibition between July and September. Also on display will be memorabilia from previous Paralympic games, including Beijing 2008, where former patients took part with the support of the nursing team on the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre.
For further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager,
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170