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Pupil’s homework becomes hospital mural

A pupil’s GCSE homework has been turned into a mural for a hospital children’s ward.

Leah Sims, 14, a pupil at Charles Darwin School, in Jail Lane, Biggin Hill, has seen her drawing turned into a huge piece of artwork at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.The teenager created a character called Harry the Hedgehog as part of her GCSE graphics homework. Her teacher was so impressed with the work that she entered it into a competition to design characters to cheer up young patients at the hospital.

After Leah’s drawings were chosen, she worked with artist Paul Gurney to transform them into the new mural.

She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am extremely grateful to everyone involved in bringing my characters to life and to the art and design department at Charles Darwin School which has supported me the whole way.”

Leah also visited the ward to help decide on different backgrounds for her woodland creatures, as well as working in Mr Gurney’s studio to see how the computer images were produced.

Her teacher, Laura Pacifico, said: “We are extremely proud of Leah’s achievement and very grateful to the hospital trust for giving her this fantastic opportunity to learn first-hand how a design is developed.”

Harry the Hedgehog may now also be put onto lapel pins and turned into a colouring book, which could be given to children when they are admitted to the ward.

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