Brunelcare’s Orchard Grove Reablement Centre has enjoyed the delightful company of their very own ‘artist in residence’ for the last few weeks!

David Lester has been staying at Orchard Grove for five weeks recovering from a broken hip, which has required daily help and support from nurses and physios to aid his recovery, before enabling David to return home. Prior to being discharged to Orchard Grove, David was at Southmead hospital for a few weeks following the operation on his hip.

After a couple of weeks at Orchard Grove, David asked the team if they would mind him painting to while away his time convalescing. He was delighted, and surprised, when the Centre Manager said he could. Since a friend dropped off his paints, canvases and easel, David has been completing on average four paintings a day!

Johanet Sloan, Brunelcare’s Orchard Grove Reablement Centre Manager comments:

“David has been a huge hit at the centre! All our guests and employees have been completely fascinated by his work. I’ve nicknamed him our ‘artist in residence’ because he such a skilled painter and has brightened our lives with his paintings!”

David, who paints from memory most of the time, says:

“I love painting but have to admit I hadn’t picked up a paintbrush for several months. My partner was ill for a while and I just didn’t feel in the mood or have the time. Living here has given me the freedom and time to find my passion for painting again. I’ve been completing and freely donating my paintings for some of the carers, nurses and guests here. A few of my paintings are now hanging on the walls here. I even ended up giving one of the nurses a painting lesson the other day!

I’m sure that having the freedom to paint like this each day has aided my recovery. You wouldn’t be allowed to do this in a hospital. I return home next Tuesday and a part of me is really going to miss this place, with all the friends I have made here. When I do get home I’ll continue painting and plan to donate my paintings for local charity fundraising events.”

David Lester, artist, Orchard Grove Reablement Centre

Painting by David Lester, a guest who stayed at Orchard Grove April 2019

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