gwThe winners of a Design competition that will see a permanent memorial installed outside the new £38million emergency centre at New Cross Hospital have been announced.

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust worked with the University of Wolverhampton to design, develop and install a sculpture, in a tribute to people who have donated organs and tissues.   Donor families were supportive of the memorial in remembrance of their loved ones, to promote organ and tissue donation and to recognise the work of healthcare staff who coordinate the donation and transplant services.

The winners were Matthew Sadler and Neal Welch a former St Augustine’s school A level product Design Student, who joined up to create the “Gift of Life”.  The two artists, both 21, said the competition was “a brilliant opportunity and for such a great cause.‟  “The artwork is an abstract representation of DNA and of the continuation of life – the gift of life. We are both so excited to have won and now look forward to getting the Design developed and installed outside the new Emergency Centre.”   Dr Wendy Walker, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton and Project Lead, said: “Organ and tissue donation can save and transform lives. Our artwork, in the form of a memorial, will pay tribute to organ and tissue donors, their families and our healthcare teams. The enthusiasm and commitment of the students has been fantastic. The sculpture represents the giving and receiving of DNA from a donor to a recipient. It carries the inscription “We remember those who shared the gift of life and the joy it creates”