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Stoke firm, Digital Ceramics Custom Tiles has proudly collaborated with The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to create a legacy mural, commemorating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Ceramics Custom Tiles will already be known to many in the tiling industry as the winners of the Best Commercial Project (Small) at the recent TTA Awards.

The company set out to create a custom mural, made up of 1,000 ceramic tiles – each kiln-fired between 800c to 1250c for a permanent solution. The touching visual experience, now displayed within the main restaurant at Pinderfields Hospital, will remain as a reminder of the hard work, dedication and solidarity of the NHS staff and local community.

The #BecauseYou project, which has been rolled out in various NHS trust hospitals in the UK, set out to create community-led legacy murals designed by the public to pay homage to the global pandemic and help raise crucial funds for the individual NHS Trust’s charity.

Kirsty Jowett, Fundraising Manager for the MY Hospitals Charity commented on the design after the socially distanced unveiling took place: “The mural looks fantastic and is a fitting tribute to our amazing health workers. It lifts people’s spirits, but also reminds us of how we can achieve great things by working together.”

Director of Digital Ceramics Custom Tiles, Mark Wood, said: “The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust needed us to design something spectacular that would stand the test of time, simultaneously remaining vibrant. 

“The mural is for people to remember loved ones, thank a COVID-19 hero whether it’s a nurse who’s looked after your loved one, a neighbour who has helped with your shopping, or a family member who’s provided much needed company, or capture a significant memory from the past 18 months.

Mark commented on a specific memory from the beginning of the pandemic, in which he contributed to the #BecauseYou mural: “At the beginning of lockdown, I took my dog for a walk, and I couldn’t hear a sound, other than the birds. It was beautiful but eerie. In years to come I will be able to visit the mural and remember my dog who was a great companion throughout the lockdown period.”

To find out more about the #BecauseYou project and how to contribute to the next planned mural, visit Digital Ceramics Custom Tiles

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