The finished piece represents the heritage of St Oswald’s and all of the most important aspects of the hospice to our patients. It was carefully painted by our Craft Room volunteer Steve Copping who transformed the elephant into the beautiful final creation.
Wrapped around the body of the elephant are some of our patients favourite North East places including Bamburgh Castle, the Tyne Bridge, the Angel of the North and the beach huts at Blyth.
Around the base are flowers: poppies, forget me knots and daisies, for their joy and in remembrance.
One patient really wanted a guardian angel on Ozzie-phant because “all the staff are angels” – our elephant has angel wings for ears.
There are both patients and the care teams within the heart of Ozzie-phant – all smiling because the patients described St Oswald’s as a happy place. One even has sticky fingers to represent the craft room.
The nursing team is depicted with helping hands and stars – because the patients felt the staff were stars and also because they feel valued whilst here.
Our Pets as Therapy dog, Maida, and her owner Julia are walking on the back – patients really appreciate their doggy cuddles each day.
The top of Ozzie-phant is covered in butterflies, representing the transformations that patients achieve with our care. A number of children helped decorate these butterflies at our Elmer’s Patchwork Parade event.
And finally, his legs are wrapped with the original jiggy shapes which are ‘holding up’ our elephant.
Each jiggy shape was signed by our supporters at the event – to represent the support they offer to us, the hospice.