John Dyer met the winning children from the Midas Construction / Precious Lives Art competition. The six winning paintings have been enlarged onto large panels by Falmouth company 20/20 to brighten up the construction site. It is hoped to also use the panels in the hospice when it is completed in 2011.
The winning children traveled from all over Cornwall to attend the event. They each won a voucher to buy art materials, a certificate, a large signed John Dyer limited edition print and a John Dyer signed book.
The children also had plenty of cakes and things to drink too !
Precious Lives Appeal
Congratulations to the six winners of Midas Construction's 'Little Harbour' children's art competition - the pictures look fantastic and really brighten up the hoardings at the site. Thank you to John Dyer for helping to make the presentation so special for the children and donating some lovely prizes.
SIX budding artists from Cornwall are showcasing their work in a very different location.
The children are the winners of Midas Construction's art competition to brighten up the hoardings of the new children's hospice, Little Harbour, in Porthpean.
Keira Nicholas, 2, and Deanna Nicholas, 7, from Liskeard; Joeley Burton, 4, and Louise Hardman, 7, from Carharrack; Keely Kuhnzack-Richards, 8, from Padstow, and Caitlin Trevithick, 9, from Penzance, visited Little Harbour this week to see their winning artworks on display and receive their awards from artist John Dyer.
They were each presented with a certificate, a copy of Mr Dyer's book A Vision Of Paradise, a limited edition John Dyer print, an A3 print of their artwork courtesy of 20/20 and a £25 WH Smith voucher kindly donated by Midas.
Mr Dyer, who helped to judge the competition, said: "The children's art on the theme of Little Harbour was fantastic. The children have really produced some joyful paintings and drawings. I spotted lots of my seagulls and mermaids in the pictures too.
"The standard of the entries was really very good with excellent use of colour and some great composition. It was so hard to only be able to select six for the final display.
"Congratulations to the children and especially the winning six, who should feel especially proud of their support for this important project.
"Seeing the hospice being constructed was a very emotional experience for me and it is impossible to be involved with a project like this without it making a deep impact on one's heart and soul."
Building work is well under way at Little Harbour, which is Cornwall's first children's hospice.
Funds permitting, it is due to open to families with life-limited children by the end of next year, providing a "home from home" where they can make the most of the precious time they have together.
Kevin Bate, from Midas Construction, said: "We have been so impressed with the response and the quality of the entries that we will be considering a similar approach on future projects. Our image is very important to us and the artwork has certainly enhanced the site entrance and it feels entirely appropriate to the scheme."
Bernadette Thoreau, corporate partnerships fundraiser for Children's Hospice South West, added: "We aim to make the most of short and precious lives and hope that Little Harbour is often filled with the sound of laughter and joy. The lovely, colourful Little Harbour pictures really capture what we're about."
To find out more about Children's Hospice South West's Precious Lives Appeal visit www.chsw.org.uk or to book a visit to see the progress of the hospice, phone 01872 261166.