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Joe Scarborough's Sheffield Children's Hospital print

Joe Scarborough print

BBC Sheffield is raising half a million pounds for a brand new CT scanner for the Children's Hospital in Sheffield. You can find out more about the appeal here.

Sheffield artist Joe Scarborough signed and sold prints of his Children's Hospital painting in March 2010 - and it raised £2570 for the BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal.

Joe painted the picture for a previous appeal at the Children's Hospital in 1994. He spent a large amount of time sketching in the hospital and drew inspiration from his experiences there, from the traffic markings on the floors around the operating theatre to sitting in a calm and quiet room in the premature baby unit.

People wanted Joe to write all sorts of dedications on their prints. Some of the families had reasons to be thankful to the hospital for treating their children or grandchildren; other people had worked there or had long associations with the Children's Hospital for another reason.

The painting is unique, not just because of the hospital setting but because Joe forgot to remove some of the pencil markings after he had finished the painting. Each signed print was sold for £35.

"The Children's Hospital has saved the lives of hundreds if not thousands of children from all over South Yorkshire," said Joe. "When I heard about the BBC Sheffield campaign to raise £500,000 for a new scanner I immediately offered my help."


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