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Students create mural for care home residents

Residents at a care home in Leytonstone have been given an early taste of summer thanks to an art project created by local teenagers.

Students at Leyton Sixth Form College have been demonstrating their artistic flair at George Mason Lodge, in Chelmsford Road, by painting a beach-themed mural on the wall of the Council-run care home’s garden outbuilding.

The project, which was funded by a donation to the home from a member of the public, came about after staff at George Mason Lodge invited the College to transform the wall into a colourful piece of art.

Students at the Sixth Form split into two groups and put forward different ideas for a mural – but care home staff and residents liked both concepts so much that they asked for both to be incorporated into the British beach-inspired design.

George Mason Lodge resident David Denton said: “The mural is bright and cheerful - much better than looking at an old brick wall. The students did it all by themselves, it is wonderful. The team effort was superb and they also had fun doing it.”

Sophie Gidlow, a Learning Support Assistant and Trainee Art Teacher at Leyton Sixth Form College, said: “George Mason Lodge kindly gave Leyton Sixth Form College's level 2 art and design students the exciting opportunity of painting a mural in their beautiful garden. Students designed the mural themselves to the theme of the 'British Seaside'. The whole process has been enjoyed by students and residents alike!”

Cllr Angie Bean, Waltham Forest Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “Thanks to this hard-working group of talented young people, residents at George Mason Lodge now have a beautiful mural in their back garden – and a permanent taste of summer to put a smile on their faces whatever the weather.”

George Mason Lodge is a purpose-built residential care home for 39 older people, who are encouraged to live as independently as possible. The home runs a rolling programme of activities including coffee mornings, bingo, card games, physical exercise sessions and outdoor walks.

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