Teen's artwork on show at doctors surgery that was rebuilt after major blaze (From The Advertiser Series)
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Teen's artwork on show at doctors surgery that was rebuilt after major blaze
4:26pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
A TEENAGER whose father is a fireman has created a painting to go on show at a doctors’ surgery rebuilt after it was ravaged by a blaze.
Sophie Richardson, 19, designed a painting which is hung in the foyer of Sensier House, Spennymoor.
The building was built to replace Adan House Surgery which was destroyed by fire in March 2010.
It is named after Dr Alan Sensier, a partner at the surgery who died just a few days after the new surgery was opened.
Staff asked students at Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College, Spennymoor, to design paintings to hang in the building.
Teesside University student Miss Richardson, who attended Whitworth college at the time, was one of those selected to create a painting.
She said: “I’ve always been interested in art and I enjoyed creating the painting.
“It was such a shock when I was told my painting was going to be on show in the surgery. Now I’m really excited that people are going to see it.”
Her father Eric Richardson, 41, a Spennymoor fireman was on shift at the station on the night of the fire, but he did not attend the blaze as he recovered from a brain tumour.
He said: “I think it’s fantastic and I can’t believe that Sophie’s work is going to be on show for thousands of people to see.”
The painting uses watercolours and charcoal and it depicts the new surgery rising from the flames.
Tracey Martin, practice manager at Sensier House said: “The artwork has been really well received by patients and staff alike.
“This has been a really good way of involving young people in what we hope is one of many community-focused projects that we can arrange in the future.”
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