Murals on the move

Murals in memory of Peter Lane were handed over to Southwick Community Primary School, pictured ( left to right)  Julie Reay, Pauline Walmsley, communitty manager at the school and Janet Gibson, nursery nurse.
Murals in memory of Peter Lane were handed over to Southwick Community Primary School, pictured ( left to right) Julie Reay, Pauline Walmsley, communitty manager at the school and Janet Gibson, nursery nurse.
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PAINTINGS borne out of tragedy will brighten up schools thanks to an Echo appeal.

These eye-catching murals were painted in memory of Sunderland teenager Peter Lane, 13, who died in a rope swing accident in 2002.

For many years after his death, they hung at the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Newcastle General Hospital as a tribute to the teenager and to mark the launch of charity, the Peter Lane Trust Fund.

The unit recently moved to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) and some of the works were in need of a new home.

After an appeal in the Echo with Peter’s mum Julie Reay, city schools will now benefit from the paintings created by artist Pat Thirtle.

Julie said: “I was so overwhelmed by the amount of phone calls and messages I received about Peter’s paintings once the story had appeared in the Echo.

“We had such a good response that I wasn’t sure where to put them, but in the end it felt right that they should go to places Peter was connected to.”

Diamond Hall School, Millfield, and Monkwearmouth School, both of which Peter attended, will receive works, as well as Southwick Community Primary School which runs a Sunshine Coach sponsored by the Peter Lane Trust Fund.

The coach paid for by the fund picked up the paintings and delivered them to their new homes.

Julie, 46, from Barnes, said: “I am thrilled and excited at the paintings finally getting new homes.”

Since the launch of the Peter Lane Trust Fund, it has raised more than £130,000 for city charities.

Julie added: “The paintings were our first mission with the charity.

“Pat did a fantastic job. We will never know how many people’s lives they touched but I do know there were many.

“I really believe it’s with this venture being such a success that I continued with the charity work.”

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

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