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UK’s Number 1 Tattoo Artist creates Mural as Thank You to NHS and Key Workers

L-R: Nurse Rachel Westmorland, Dan Harding of Foundry 34, Nurse Steph Christmas, Luke Sayer (artist) and Ceri Rees (fundraiser). Credit Kyle J Rinder Photography

Luke Sayer, local tattoo artist and winner of E4’s Tattoo Artist of the Year, has created a huge ‘angel wings’ mural on the wall of a Penrith business, as a way of saying Thank you.

Luke decided he wanted to do something for Penrith NHS and Key Workers, making use of his considerable artistic talents. The result is the angelic mural which shines out from the wall of Foundry-34, acting as a beacon of thanks and of hope.

Luke hatched the plan a few weeks ago, enlisting the support of local business owner Dan Harding of Foundry-34 Restaurant and Hotel in Sandgate, Penrith.  With the help of his apprentice and fellow artist Jake Miller, Luke created a bright and vibrant mural.

Luke said: “I’m really happy with the result.  I wanted to do something for the Penrith community and to thank all key workers.  The idea now is for the public to enjoy the mural and take pictures with the angel wings.”

Dan from Foundry 34 said: “I am very pleased to have played a small part in amazing piece of artwork. I hope the community enjoys it.”

Rachel Westmorland, Nurse at Penrith Hospital. Credit Kyle J Rinder Photography

Ceri Rees, who is co-ordinating the fundraising team, encouraged people to take pictures with the mural.   She encouraged people use the hashtag #penrithwings and make a donation to the  Penrith Community Hospital League of Friends through the following link https://www.facebook.com/donate/256834575692955/

Penrith Community League of Friends have been supporting Penrith Hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak.  They have helped set up the COVID-19 assessment hub, purchased equipment such as wheel chairs, vital signs monitors, new ECG, and digital thermometers.

The League of Friends have also been providing toiletries to patients on wards which are closed to visitors and purchasing treats for the hard working staff. Due to the current situation League of Friends Penrith have been unable to hold their usual fundraising events, so any donations made from this mural would be of gratefully received, so they can continue to support Penrith Hospital and help them deliver the best possible care to their patients.

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