Yeatman Hospital showcases school artwork in celebration of the Friends’ 70th anniversary

14th September 2023

Artwork made up of 70 embroidered hoops created by pupils at Sherborne Girls’ School is on display at the town’s Yeatman Hospital.

The project was devised to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital, and used a range of art and textile techniques.

In an after-school club the lower-school and sixth-form girls put together a colourful range of images, using the achievements of the Friends and the hospital for inspiration.

These included the Chat Café – an informal group set up for patients who’ve had a stroke or speech difficulties – which was reflected in tea pots, cups and cakes, while the career of previous Matron Ada Kearvell, who has an end-of-life suite and garden named after her at the hospital, was marked with flowers.

The NHS itself is represented by rainbows, while fundraising activities by the Friends, such as art sales and concerts, are also captured in the display.

The embroidery is now on display in a bespoke cabinet in the outpatient waiting area at the Yeatman.

Ali Low, Matron at the Dorset HealthCare-run hospital, said:

“Thank you to the young ladies at Sherborne Girls’ School for creating this display and funding the cabinet. It’s a great reflection of the fantastic support of the Friends. We hope visitors to the hospital enjoy looking at the display.”

The Friends of Yeatman Hospital was established in 1951, and raises funds each year to fund improvements for the hospital and its patients. For more information visit

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