Headland putting home in picture

Queens Meadow Care Home resident Maureen Beddows(left) pictured admiring the Headland mural with manager Julie Armstrong.
Queens Meadow Care Home resident Maureen Beddows(left) pictured admiring the Headland mural with manager Julie Armstrong.
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A CARE home has a new mural to brighten up its walls.

Residents at Queens Meadow care home, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, can now enjoy an idyllic scene from the town without even leaving the facility.

Care home manager Julie Armstrong commissioned community group Artisan, of Brougham Terrace, to design, draw and paint a scenic mural in the home’s ederly mental infirm (EMI) unit.

Activities co-ordinator Debbie Wilkes said: “It’s taken quite a few weeks but it looks fantastic. I can’t draw a matchstick man, so to watch something like this evolve from just a sketch on the wall to a fully filled in scene has been just fascinating.”

Artisan, a group that support adults with mental health difficulties, has also worked on a giant ice-cream and postbox for the room, which is designed to support residents with dementia.

“The mural is beautiful. It shows the Headland, what I call the Balamory houses,” said Debbie, who has worked at the home for 14 months.

The other side of the room is for memories, with postcards, cuttings and memorabilia attached to the wall.