Published: 21/02/2014 12:57 - Updated: 21/02/2014 15:58

ARCHIE curtain call for photographers

THE refurbishment of the children’s ward at Dr Gray’s Hospital, in Elgin, will feature the work of one local photographer.

The makeover will include digitally-printed curtains surrounding every child’s bed space.

Last week the Moray Friends of ARCHIE, which is behind the £100,000 appeal, joined forces with ‘The Northern Scot’ to find an iconic image which will be used for those curtains.

David Tipping, director of projects for the ARCHIE Foundation: "The curtains will brighten up the ward spaces, provide distraction during treatments and minor procedures, and give something from which the play staff could create activity sheets to keep the children entertained."

The winning image will be used throughout the new-look ward and provide a stimulating feature for the children.

Photographers have until the end of March to enter images to be considered by the judges.

And Katherine Milne, of Lesmurdie Road, Elgin is the first to rise to the challenge, and she has opted for a wildlife theme, with these images of sheep on the move and two lovely little ponies.

Mr Tipping added: "At this stage we are simply looking for a good base image that can be Photoshopped by ourselves. The curtains will be 4.2 metres wide by 2.35 metres high, so we are looking for as high a resolution image as possible at roughly 16:9 landscape ratio – if your camera has a RAW mode – use it.

"The best images will have space in the foreground to allow bright flowers and little animals to be added in detail, and a decent amount of sky to allow hot air balloons, planes with banners etc to be added, and of course, something interesting in the centre of the image.

"The winning photographer must be happy for their image to be ‘enhanced’ by ourselves, but they will receive full credit for their work, with their name printed on every curtain."

The £100,000 appeal by the Moray Friends group has surpassed all expectations since it was launched in November, 2011.

The final total now looks like exceeding £140,000, which will allow much more to be done with the ward, which opened 18 years ago and is in need of a refurbishment.

The aim will be to make it as bright, modern and relaxing as possible for young patients and their families. The plans are set to include a new family room whereparents can relax and unwind after a stressful period, a new interactive activity room for children of all ages, an exciting entrance to the ward and neighbouring paediatric outpatients and maternity unit, and a new look for all the children’sbed spaces and main corridor leading to the nurses’ station.

Photographers have until the end of March to submit an entry in the curtain competition, and these should be emailed to c.saunderson@northern-scot.co.uk

An ARCHIE panel will consider all the entries before revealing the winner.

It is also planned to host a celebration event at the hospital as a thank you to all those who have supported the appeal over the last two years.

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