Swindon care home receives special gift from Wiltshire-based artist


The team at Kingsmead care home in Swindon has received a special gift from a local Wiltshire-based artist.

The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes (Spring) Ltd and provides residential care for up to 40 people, were recently contacted by Nellie Hearn, a former professional dancer turned professional artist.  Nellie got in touch to offer a piece of art in recognition of the efforts the team has gone to during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Earlier this month, Nellie delivered the special painting, depicting a colourful dandelion flower, which will be hung in the home’s reception for all to enjoy.


Nellie explains:  “The painting is called ‘Make a Wish’ – it’s of a dandelion’s head and I think we can all recall blowing the seeds from a dandelion and then making a wish.  This piece of work was therefore chosen as those at Kingsmead said if they had one wish, it would be a cure for dementia. This painting seemed really fitting and I was very happy to donate this for all to enjoy.”


The home has appreciated a tremendous amount of support from the local community during the lockdown, with letters, gifts and donations regularly received for staff and residents.

Home Manager Nicky Bickerstaffe said, “We’ve been quite overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of our community during the pandemic.  We were very touched when we heard from Nellie, who was so keen to gift something to our home in recognition of the work of the team. The painting has already been admired by many and we hope that people will enjoy it for years to come.”


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