PUPILS proved they weren’t all fingers and thumbs when they produced a variety of excellent artwork for the new Sheffield Hand Centre.
The centre, which has just opened at the Northern General Hospital, is a new state-of-the-art facility for patients needing surgery on their hands or upper limbs.
And the whole place is looking brighter now thanks to paintings and collages created by youngsters from Ashdell Prep, Tapton and Birkdale schools.
Artist Joe Scarborough met some of the children involved to see their efforts on display.
Pride of place has gone to a large scale collage featuring hand cut-outs of a range of famous Sheffielders, including MP David Blunkett, 1966 World Cup goalkeeper Gordon Banks, pop star Jarvis Cocker and athlete Jessica Ennis.
The youngsters then added their own drawings to the theme of the celebrities who appear on the collage, with the finished piece now holding pride of place in the entrance hall.
Ashdell teacher Heidi Wragg said she had helped with the hand project.
“The girls were really pleased to be able to produce a piece for the new centre, especially since it features lots of celebrities!”
She added: “We wrote to around 200 famous Sheffield people asking them to contribute and the response was fantastic.
“You would have to go a long way to find so many celebrities featured in one piece of artwork.”
Consultant plastic surgeon Ros Harper said: “At the conception of this new centre, the hand surgeons felt that this should be the Sheffield Hand Centre for Sheffield people.
“Involving Ashdell, Birkdale and Tapton schools has meant that we have fantastic artwork from the generation that will go on to inherit the centre. Ashdell, by contacting people who live and work in Sheffield, has involved the whole community in supporting this new centre.”
The centre is one of only a few in the country where patients receive the benefit of both orthopaedic and plastic specialist hand surgeons, combined with experienced hand therapists.