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Vale embroidery brings together local landmarks for cancer patients

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Patients at the Vale of Leven hospital will soon be able to gaze at Dumbarton Castle, the Alexandria Fountain and even Loch Lomond when they come for their appointments.

At the centre of a creative embroidery project is Gerry O’Hare, who has been an oncology nurse specialist who has worked at the Vale for more than 20 years.

Gerry said: “We were kindly given donations from members of the public – requesting that the donation be spent on something to cheer up the ward environment in an artistic way. To get us moving along with ideas we pulled together a focus group, made up of patients and hospital staff.

“There are some beautiful landmarks in the local area and the overwhelming view from the group was that the artwork needed to feature these. So the idea of embroidery was born!”

Gerry contacted the renowned textile designer Professor Malcolm Lochhead of Caledonian University, who has worked on similar projects with Glasgow Cathedral and Maggie’s Centre.

Once complete the 100cm x 60cm embroidery will be proudly displayed in the Oncology Day Unit entrance.

Gerry said: “We were very lucky to get Malcolm on board with the project and he kindly developed a design based on feedback from the focus group. He then worked with the local Embroidery Guild to start work on the embroidery. The project is now well under way and we are hoping to have the complete piece of work displayed by November.

“I met with some of the ladies from the Guild recently and was delighted to see the amazing progress they had made. I am sure the finished article will be worth the wait and make a great addition to the ward.”

As well as the embroidery, silk headscarves will also be created based on the embroidery design for women who have lost their hair through chemotherapy.


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