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We’d like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to Nicole Lander from Chesterfield who has been using her creative spark to raise £2,150 for our #ProtectYourNHS charity campaign.

18 year old Nicole has spent her time away from school hand drawing tributes to key workers featuring the Crooked Spire. Each one was individual and personalised in some way and she managed to draw more than 180, made to order pieces.

Nicole said: “When lockdown happened and I couldn’t go back to 6th form, I quickly realised that I had a lot of free time on my hands. I wasn’t doing anything constructive so had a think about how I could do something that would help others.

“I saw that a lot of people were supporting the NHS and that inspired me to think about how I could get involved which was when I hit on the idea of doing something through my artwork. I posted my first piece which was a tribute to all of our local key workers surrounding our town’s most famous landmark and it received a lot of interest.

“It grew from there with people wanting me to personalise it in some way. I was able to hand draw each one and ended up doing more than 180 separate ones that took me around 240 hours to do at around five per day. I’m just pleased to be able to do something that I’ve enjoyed, has made people happy and raised money for a very good cause.”

The Royal’s #ProtectYourNHS page has, at time of writing, raised more than £60,000 for the campaign that will be used to gift health and wellbeing experienced to staff at the hospital and primary care, as well as enhanced care and facilities to patients.

Ken Godber is the Trust’s Charity Director, he said: “The idea of the campaign is to raise money to enhance the health and wellbeing of our colleagues. It will also create further resources for our patients who are still unable to receive visitors as the Trust does all it can to protect patients, visitors and staff at the hospital from the risk of transmission. This will include basic essentials that would normally be provided by relatives and visitors to support through the current situation.

“The support for our campaign has been phenomenal and Nicole has given up a huge amount of time and used her considerable talents to produce something incredible. The number of people who have contributed and asked for their own personalised drawing show how well she’s tapped into something that has resonated across the town.

“I’d like to thank Nicole and everyone who has supported this campaign for their efforts. It has made a huge difference to all of our staff and provided a boost when they’ve needed it the most.”

If you would like to know more about the #ProtectYourNHS campaign and donate to the cause, click here to visit our Just Giving site.