Commitment to Improving Lincolnshire’s Health and Wellbeing Heartened by Art Trail Support

7 March 2023

Written by: hmcgowan

As part of its collaboration with St Barnabas Hospice the University of Lincoln, UK, is a proud sponsor of the charity’s HeART Trail that will take place in the summer of 2023.

As part of its collaboration with St Barnabas Hospice the University of Lincoln, UK, is a proud sponsor of the charity’s HeART Trail that will take place in the summer of 2023.

To mark the St Barnabas’ 40th anniversary, this special art trail will showcase more than 40 heart sculptures, decorated by artists and young people from Lincolnshire and further afield, situated in prime locations across the county.

The heart-shaped artwork is symbolic of the charity’s commitment to provide support for those who need palliative care.

One of the sponsored art installations will take pride of place at the University’s Brayford Pool Campus and will be in the form of an anatomical heart, a reference to the Lincoln Medical School established in 2018 with the aim of improving the retention of doctors to the region.

As part of their learning, students often undertake clinical placements under the supervision of St Barnabas Hospice across the region.

David O’Brien, Interim Vice Dean (Clinical) at Lincoln Medical School said: “Our student doctors are entering the advanced clinical phase of their medical degree and, under the supervision of St Barnabas Hospice, will be working closely with palliative care teams across the county to learn the vital skills needed to provide end-of-life care to patients in need.”

Tim Doubell, Head of Anatomy at Lincoln Medical School said: “As part of their studies, our student doctors learn to describe the structure of the body to understand and treat disease and, in doing so, they develop skills in observation similar to artists drawing or sculpting the body. The ongoing collaboration between the Lincoln Medical School and St Barnabas Hospice enables the local training of doctors in palliative care, while caring for people from the Lincolnshire community.”

“The HeART Trail will provide a great opportunity for people to come and visit the University’s picturesque Brayford Pool Campus to see this meeting point of medicine and art while showing support to an organisation dedicated to the caring of people.”

St Barnabas hopes the trail will raise much-needed funds for the hospice, and in turn enhance tourism in the region and bring people together through the appreciation of art.

Veronica McBain, Head of Fundraising and Lottery at St Barnabas Hospice, said: “We are delighted that the University of Lincoln is involved in our HeART Trail and when it launches, we hope to see lots of students and tutors walk the Trail across Lincolnshire.”

“It is a great opportunity for the University to increase awareness about hospice care, each year we support over 12,000 people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. Our care can help patients continue to live their life to the fullest, whether that’s for years, months, or weeks.”

“St Barnabas is providing more than 80 placements for Lincoln Medical School students to learn about palliative and end of life care as part of their studies, and many University alumni go on to have fantastic careers at our charity. Roles vary from nursing to fundraising to marketing to HR, myself included, and we look forward to strengthening our relationship further so we can jointly support our local community.”

The live event will be the biggest fundraiser that St Barnabas has planned yet, and locations across the county will be confirmed in the coming weeks.