School’s plastic fantastic art for Fairfield General Hospital

19 July 2023

Students from The Derby High School visited Fairfield General Hospital this week to mark the installation of artwork they created purely from waste plastic.

Newly installed just outside the hospital’s outpatients clinic, the team of students – Duaa Razaq, Muhammad Zaman Choudray and Mia Baker and their teacher Mrs Barnes – popped along for the unveiling, along with Chief Superintendent Chris Hill of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), whose school engagement team was the behind the project.

The collaboration was led by GMP school engagement officer PC Mohammed Sadeem, who visits schools to engage with young people. He aims to help avoid students being tempted to commit crimes, by making referrals for early intervention.

Based at Bury Police Station, Mohammed came up with the arts project idea as a creative way of recycling plastic as well as collaborating with local service provider Fairfield General, while The Derby High School art teachers ran the project and got the students involved.

Director of Finance at Bury Care Organisation which runs Fairfield General Hospital, Catherine Wilkinson said: “Thank you to both Greater Manchester Police and The Derby High School for gifting our hospital such a wonderful piece of work that’s so vibrant and really brightens the space, as well as being able to be easily enjoyed by our many patients, visitors and colleagues.

“Not least that reusing plastics in this way aligns closely with our organisation’s hospital and community goals around sustainability too.”

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