Peter’s paintings need a new home

Julie Reay with the murals originally painted in memory of her son Peter Lane for the Newcastle General Hospital which have been moved to the new Children's Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit at the RVI. Julie is appealing for a suitable new home for the others.
Julie Reay with the murals originally painted in memory of her son Peter Lane for the Newcastle General Hospital which have been moved to the new Children's Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit at the RVI. Julie is appealing for a suitable new home for the others.
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PAINTINGS and murals created as a legacy to a tragic teenager are in need of a new home.

These eye-catching creations are the work of artist Pat Thirtle in memory of 13-year-old Peter Lane who died in a rope swing accident in Galley’s Gill, near the former Vaux site, in 2002.

After the tragedy, his mum Julie Reay, 46, from Barnes, set about creating a lasting legacy to her son, setting up the Peter Lane Trust Fund.

The charity’s first mission, seven years ago, was to brighten up the paediatric intensive care unit at Newcastle General Hospital where Peter was treated.

However, the unit has been recently moved to Newcastle’s RVI hospital, leaving some of the works behind.

Julie said: “This was our first mission with the charity. Seeing these giant murals painted on the walls was really amazing to see. Pat did a fantastic job.

“Pat also painted some amazing pictures which were displayed in the wards and passage ways and also in the waiting areas. We will never know how many people’s lives they touched but I do know there were many.”

The RVI now houses two of the pictures in the new PICU’s quiet room.

Julie added: “I am looking for a new home for the others, they are such beautiful pictures and would brighten up any type of room. So if any church, school, community hall or centre would like a piece of Peter’s legacy then please get in touch.

“I will be thrilled if we can find somewhere special because they are very special to me. This is how Peter’s fund started. I really believe it’s with this venture being such a success that I continued.”

Since setting up the fund in 2003, Julie has managed to raise more than £130,000 for city charities.

She added: “The accident is something I will never get over but setting up his trust fund and helping other charities has somehow kept me going and giving me a real purpose to survive such a heartbreaking loss.”

l If anyone is interested in hosting the artworks, contact Julie on 07754 387 777.

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