Published On: Sat, Apr 26th, 2014 on 12:57 pm

Creative healthcare assistant brightens up Bradford children’s ward

Richard Taylorson BRI

Richard Taylorson adds a touch of colour to his work

A children’s ward at the Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) has had a colourful make-over thanks to a healthcare assistant.

Richard Taylorson, 39, was called on by ward staff who asked him to brighten up the corridors and paediatric assessment unit (PCU) for patients and families who receive treatment there.

An artist in his spare time, Mr Taylorson said: “In the past, I’ve worked across a lot of different BRI wards and everyone knew I painted in my spare time.

“But it wasn’t until I moved to ward 16 that the staff heard about my skills and asked if I would like to paint some murals in a bid to brighten up the walls.”

The healthcare assistant from Baildon painted three murals for the PCU, as well as two others that now adorn the main ward and its corridors.

Mr Taylorson’s grandfather taught him how to draw at an early age and he got interested in shading and 3D art. He didn’t take art at school but started painting canvases for fun around 2003.

Now that he has finished his paintings, Mr Taylorson is back to working towards his health care level three diploma.

Commenting on the experience, Mr Taylorson said: “I’ve loved bringing colour to ward 16 and seeing the children’s reaction to the murals. I think they’ve created a more calm, relaxing atmosphere.”

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