A giant rainbow was installed outside Southend Hospital today to say thank you to local nurses.
Three local companies were involved in developing and installing the giant artwork – which has been installed on International Nurses’ Day.
The rainbow, which is three metres wide and 3.5 metres high, is intended as a message of thanks from the local community to nurses and other hospital staff for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Southend Hospital’s director of nursing, Denise Townsend, said: “We are incredibly grateful to these local companies for donating this inspiring piece of sculpture to the hospital. The rainbow is a symbol of hope for the NHS during these difficult times and it is fitting that this sculpture in unveiled on International Nurses Day. Today we celebrate our nurses in Southend, across the UK and around the world for continuing to lead the frontline charge against the coronavirus pandemic.”
Dan Ashcroft of Essex Mobile Welding came up with the idea and designed and fabricated the rainbow, which was powder coated by Polytech Powder Coating Ltd. Marlborough Highways installed the foundation and used their expertise to ensure there were no town planning problems.
Dan said: “I had seen the kids making rainbows and I came into work on a dull day and just said to the lads ‘I want to make a rainbow to say thanks to the NHS for all they’ve done. We were able to use our design and fabrication skills to manufacture this three metre wide structure, it’s great to see it up and shining bright after three week’s hard work.”
Phil Clarke, Project Manager at Marlborough Highways, said: “We are really pleased to see the rainbow installed and in such a prominent position, at the front of the hospital. It has been a pleasure to support our local supply chain partner, Essex Mobile Welding in their rainbow vision, by installing the foundations and arranging for the permission to install the structure with the hospital.”