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Businesswoman donates art to hospital after staff look after eight-year-old son

A business owner has thanked a Black Country hospital for caring for her poorly son by donating wall art to a children's area.

Carly Mills, left, from Two Thirds Design, who designed the mural for the children's unit, with Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust CEO Diane Wake

Carly Mills of Two Thirds Design wanted to give something back to Russells Hall Hospital after they cared for her eight-year-old son Ashton during the first lockdown.

So with her business partner, Gill Slassor, she came up with an undersea design to brighten up the assessment unit on the children's ward at the Dudley-based hospital. The engaging wall art will help distract children at what could be a scary time for them in hospital.

Carly, a mother-of-two from near Stourbridge, said: "I personally spent a lot of time in Russells Hall's emergency department with my eight-year-old son during the first lockdown as he was experiencing severe abdominal pain.

“He was diagnosed with a hernia in November and needed an urgent operation. I was very grateful for how quickly they tried to get him operated on, under the Covid issues the hospital was trying to manage.”

Carly and Ashton Mills during their visit to Russells Hall Hospital

Her business has specialised in transforming school spaces for more than 10 years with window, floor and wall vinyls, and custom wallpaper. She came up with a design printed on special vinyl wallpaper featuring fascinating facts about sea creatures and fish playing hide-and-seek for young patients to spot.

Diane Wake, chief executive of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, said: “This is a lovely gesture from Carly and Two Thirds Design and helps to make the unit a really bright and friendly place which should help to put young patients at their ease.

“We are really grateful for this generous offer and are glad we were able to provide first-class care to her son despite the demands of the pandemic at the time.”

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