Published on: Thursday 30 Apr 2020 at 09:11
Colour to Care, for your hospice, St Clare!
St Clare Hospice has partnered with local artists, illustrators and tattooists on a new ‘Colour to Care’ project, which includes the launch of two thoughtful colouring-in and activity books.
With pages jam-packed full of puzzles, quizzes and beautiful artwork designed by local artists, illustrators and tattooists, our new books offer both children and adults alike a calming activity to fill in the time whilst staying at home. Also included are thoughtful rainbow templates to colour and display in your windows (inspired by the project initiated by Kezia Roberts in Leeds), in honour of frontline workers who are saving lives and providing essential services in the face of COVID-19.
“We’re delighted to have the support of so many talented local people to create this unique resource,” says Dani De’ath, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at St Clare. “Ten talented people donated their time towards creating artwork for the books – which together, contain 26 stunning original illustrations for you to colour in – 21 of which feature exclusively in the colouring book! From unicorns and moons, to butterflies and our very own Clare Bear – there’s something for every age! Many thanks to the artists who contributed – Liz Smith, Claire Brace, Gem Pang, Alice Jacobs, Isabelle Ellen, Chris Hatch, Elizabeth Florence, Annie Long, Lydia, and Millie.”
Dani adds, “As you can see, Colour to Care is a special project and a lovely example of collaboration with local people at this difficult time. The books are a great resource for families – kids and adults alike – to take part in a therapeutic, relaxing activity.”
According to a study published in the Creativity Research Journal in 2017, colouring is a relaxing, therapeutic activity which has been proven to be good for mental health, and can be utilised as an accessible self-help tool to help reduce anxiety – the perfect remedy for those experiencing anxiety and worries due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Both books are available to order and receive via post, however there is also a digital version of the activity book that you can print from home. St Clare simply asks that local people make a suggested donation of just £2 for the activity book, and £5 for the colouring book, to help raise much-needed funds for the Hospice after the cancellation and postponement of many of our fundraising events due to COVID-19.
“By donating to St Clare Hospice, you are directly contributing to the quality of care we deliver to local people living with life-limiting illnesses, and their families,” explains Dani. “During the virus outbreak, our services are still very much needed in the local community; and we are committed to being there for those who need us now, and in the years to come when the pandemic is under control. We need your support more than ever to ensure that we can do this – and our new Colour to Care books are a beautiful and poignant way to support us during this time.”
Order you books today
To get your colouring or activity book (or both!) today, visit: stclarehospice.org.uk/colour-to-care