Yeovil Hospital Charity has been given two pieces of uplifting art, which we hope will bring joy to patients visiting our hospital this winter. A creation by Damien Hirst will be displayed in the main hospital foyer, next to an original print by local artist Charlotte England.

Both pieces have been created in response to the pandemic and both include positive images which the charity hopes will help to make patients and their loved ones smile during this difficult time.

The Damien Hirst piece is a rainbow he has created specifically to acknowledge the commitment of the NHS. Fifty ‘butterfly rainbows’ have been sent to hospitals around the country and form part of the artist’s wider support for the NHS during the pandemic.

The Charlotte England work is an illustration featuring the slogan, ‘Now wash your hands’. The Somerset-based artist is selling prints of the work, with all profits going to Yeovil Hospital Charity. The prints make an ideal addition to any bathroom and are a friendly way to remind people of the importance of hand hygiene. Several have been sold to local companies, for them to display in their staff facilities.

Charlotte, who is based in Yeovil, Somerset said “I created this ‘please wash your hands piece’ during the lockdown in March. I wanted to create a clear message but in a fun and more friendly way. I hope it will be displayed in bathrooms, cafes, schools, businesses and hospitals and will make people smile during what seems to be a time of uncertainty. I created the piece using watercolours and inks”

James Kirton, Head of Fundraising at Yeovil Hospital Charity, said, “This is a fantastic project as the art itself will make people smile as they walk past or are waiting for an appointment, which is priceless when you think about everything that is currently going on in the world. It also gives people a great opportunity to make a difference for patients here at Yeovil Hospital, by buying a print and helping us to raise much-needed funds. The key message about washing your hands is also really important at the moment, so just by having it on display at home or at work, you are helping in the fight against the pandemic.”

You can purchase Charlotte’s A5 prints at


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