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Hilary Shedel photographic display launched at Royal Derby Hospital

PUBLISHED: 15:55 04 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:40 20 February 2013

Hilary Shedel photographic display launched at Royal Derby Hospital

Hilary Shedel photographic display launched at Royal Derby Hospital

Staff, patients and visitors entering the Breast Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital now have the welcoming sight of stunning framed dance images to gaze at – the work of a top professional photographer Hilary Shedel.

Staff, patients and visitors entering the Breast Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital now have the welcoming sight of stunning framed dance images to gaze at the work of a top professional photographer who herself went through the breast cancer treatment process. Hilary Shedel, one of the countrys leading photographers of dance and movement, joined the Derby Breast Cancer Support Group and soon afterwards gave a talk on her work.


We all thought Hilarys images were wonderful, affirmed Support Group Secretary Christine Cotterill, and given that there was so much wall space in the new Breast Unit building, we thought it would be a marvellous idea to enhance the rooms and corridors with these images.


The Group raised the necessary 4,000 through donations and fundraising activities to enable 43 of Hilarys images to be displayed. Hilary Shedel is thrilled to see her work on the walls. I was very flattered to be asked if I would select and frame some of my images, she says. Because it was my professional life impacting on my personal life, it was quite a hard and emotional project to do, but both the Breast Unit and the Support Group were so supportive throughout my cancer treatment that I am delighted to have helped.


Barbara Young, Service manager at the Breast Unit, says the pictures have transformed the building: Before these images went up, we had anxious patients staring at bare walls. Hilarys colourful, energised and artistic photos have taken the starkness off the walls and given patients and staff something positive and vibrant to view, wherever they are in the Unit. The fact that these images come from an ex-patient makes them even more special and meaningful.


There was more to this project than simply selecting the images and hanging them on the walls, as Hilary explains: Going through the breast cancer treatment process gave me an unusual insight into the sensitivity of which images should be placed where. Also, because the Breast Unit has no natural light, being below ground level, I brought the outside in, using as many bright and colourful exterior scenes as possible.


The Derby Breast Cancer Support Group, which began in 1990 to help and support local breast cancer patients and their families, enters its 20th year having raised over 65,000, much of which has gone into the funding of equipment for local hospitals. The Group also provides over 500 free tubes of hand-cream and gift bags every year to every new breast cancer patient. As well as holding a Therapies Day twice a year for patients, family and carers, the Support Group holds meetings in the Mackworth Suite, Mackworth Hotel, Ashbourne Road, Derby on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30pm. New members, family or friends are welcome to attend. For more details visit the Groups website:www.dbcsg.20m.com

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