Earlier this month, six photography competition winners visited Grove House for a tour of the refurbished facilities and to see their prize-winning photos enlarged and displayed.
Each room at Grove House, dedicated to different services for local patients and their families with life-limiting illness, is named after an area in St Albans. From Living Well, to counselling, therapies, play specialist sessions for children and nurse clinics – each room is lifted by a stunning local landscape or landmark captured through the lens.
Head of Nursing and Patient Services in Hertfordshire, Judith Moore, says: “We’re so grateful to all the photographers who submitted these wonderful pictures of our local area. They add so much colour and character to the rooms in Grove House, and our patients really enjoy seeing them. On top of that, there’s the story behind the pictures – they’re all of the local area, by local photographers, and they all mean something to people who live here.”
Helen Cullens’ striking images of beautiful buildings won her wall space in two rooms. Her shot of the Sopwell nunnery graces the room of the same name, and her picture of a pretty white-walled cottage represents Redbourn.
Graham Lines’ bandstand shot, framed by trees in a deserted Clarence Park hangs in Clarence, and Chris Williams’ St Albans Abbey by night – lit up beautifully against a pitch black backdrop - brings a sense of peace to a therapy room named after Holywell.
Karim Miah’s artfully composed shot of a sun-steeped weeping willow viewed through the aperture of a warm-hued brick tunnel brightens the walls and brings a sense of calm to Colney, a room dedicated to therapy sessions for patients and their families. Karim says he visited all six locations in one day to capture his shots. “Funnily enough, my entry that won was my least favourite of the lot!” he laughs.
Steve Davies, whose photo capturing the colours of the forest leaves up close is one of three winning entries for the Heartwood room, said it was “very rewarding seeing them in print” and that he hoped patients visiting Grove House would feel comforted and uplifted by them.