Work of art donated to Cygnet Wing at Bedford Hospital

Mick Spavins donates painting to the Cygnet Wing, Bedford. PNL-141014-174420001
Mick Spavins donates painting to the Cygnet Wing, Bedford. PNL-141014-174420001

A piece of art has been donated to the Cygnet Wing, Bedford Hospital’s Women and Children’s Unit, by a former member of staff.

Former orderly and porter Mick Spavins worked for Bedford Hospital for more than 20 years before his retirement in 1997.

After retiring Mick took his Art and Design A-Level at Bedford College and has since developed a passion for painting.

This week Mick donated an acrylic painting of a mother swan and her cygnets to the Cygnet Wing.

The work carried out by the staff in the Cygnet Wing is especially close to Mick’s heart, having worked in the current unit at South Wing, and prior to that the old unit at North Wing, for many years.

Mick and his wife Carole’s three children were born at Bedford Hospital as well as many of their eight grandchildren.

Head of Midwifery Naomi Gallagher, said: “It is an honour to accept such a heartfelt donation, especially from a former member of staff.

“Mick’s painting is beautiful and his support of all those who work at Cygnet Wing is really touching. We plan to hang the painting in the stairwell in our unit where patients and staff will be able to enjoy it.”

Mick has already donated three pieces of art to the hospital as well as raising more than £10,000 during his time at North Wing through charity events.