GRAFFITI ART celebrating Lancashire landmarks, from Darwin Tower to Blackpool Tower, is draped across a wall at Children’s Derian House.
Young people visiting Chorley hospice became street artists the day they pitched their ideas to design a cool mural.
The wall, which now displays some of the youngsters’ favorite days, was brought to life with the help of a graffiti artist from the Skelmersdale art group, Creative Hub.
Kirk, 19, and Connor, 21, who use services at Derian House, were the first to get the photos from the freshly painted mural and gave it a resounding thumbs up.
Youngsters also requested a unique wheelchair height selfie wall where they can take private photos with friends – which now takes pride of place on the elderly’s patio.
Rob Clark, 25, who comes to Derian House for temporary stays, couldn’t wait to snap a few snaps alongside his new selfie wall. He said, “We all put something in the designs. The selfie wall looks great with all the colors and lights up the wall.”
Others who pitched their ideas included Enola, 18, Fatima, 14, and Ben, 21 – all young adults who use Derian House’s Lodge facility for ages 16-26.
Graffiti artist Simon Daly said: ‘Design is all down to young people – I picked their ideas and put them together into a colorful mural they can enjoy. I’m really proud of it.’
“It was great to see the faces of the young men and have them point out their own thoughts. It felt very rewarding.”
Melanie Lowe, youth worker at Derian House, He said: “The Lodge is a safe place for our young people to relax and meet new friends while fully supporting their medical and health needs.
Youngsters enjoyed taking creative control of the graffiti wall – they wanted something that would brighten up the garden with landmarks recognizable by other youngsters.
“At Derian, we do everything we can to make sure our guys can make lots of memories and have fun with their friends.”
Darian House for Children has been helping children and young adults with life-limiting conditions make the most of every moment for nearly 30 years. The Lodge at the hospice is a fully accessible facility for people aged 16-26 that promotes independence and enables young people to take control of their own care.
Find out more: www.derianhouse.co.uk
Find out more about the Creative Hub: https://anteroscommunity.co.uk/