Marking the dedication of our staff through coronavirus

We’re thrilled to unveil an original painting specially created for Continued Care by renowned Harrogate artist Anita Bowerman to honour the dedication of our staff during the coronavirus crisis.

The picture, entitled The Rainbow of Hope, features the names of all our 135 carers and office staff , set within the colours of a rainbow that arches across the Yorkshire landscape.

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It will take pride of place in our head office in Harrogate, and cards of the picture have been printed as well which will be available to all our staff.

The painting came about after our director Samantha Harrison asked Anita, a long-time friend, to create a painting that would symbolise the hard work and commitment shown by all Continued Care staff during the pandemic.

Samantha says: “Every single person in our team has worked tirelessly to look after and protect some of the most vulnerable people in our community. They have stood united and made an amazing contribution to help Continued Care navigate our way through the pandemic and protect our clients and colleagues.”

Anita, who specialises in paintings, paper cuts and stainless steel artworks, offered to paint a picture and came up with the wonderful idea of putting all the names of Continued Care’s staff in a rainbow.

Samantha says: “Rainbows have always symbolised hope and light, and during lockdown they became a really special symbol of unity and appreciation of our frontline workers.”

The painting shows the rainbow shining brightly over Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Thirsk and Settle, the areas covered by our services.

Anita, who is based at The Dove Tree Art Gallery and Studio in Harrogate, has previously held the roles of artist in residence at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens and official artist of the Tour de Yorkshire. She recently created an art installation consisting of 191 stainless-steel boots on a tree at Castle Howard for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

She says: “It has been an absolute pleasure to create this piece of artwork for Samantha and her incredible team at Continued Care who cared for so many people during the pandemic. I instantly had a vision of a special rainbow into which I would paint the names of all 135 carers using a tiny paintbrush in gouache. I also added doves, angels and stars too.”

Anita Bowerman is based at The Dove Tree Art Gallery and Studio in Harrogate. For more information, visit www.anitabowerman.co.uk.

Thanks to Simon Dewhurst Photography for the images on this page.

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