Teenager's winning t-shirt design sparks Pride and inclusivity at hospital

A teen from Oswestry who was selected as the winner of a Pride-themed t-shirt competition at Shropshire’s specialist orthopaedic hospital has now seen her design brought to life.

Olivia Evans, improvement lead, and Stacey Keegan, chief executive at the Orthopaedic Hospital, with the t-shirt design
Olivia Evans, improvement lead, and Stacey Keegan, chief executive at the Orthopaedic Hospital, with the t-shirt design

To celebrate Pride Month, back in June, The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital held a design competition where the children of staff were encouraged to design Pride-themed t-shirts.

Maggie, the granddaughter of Roe Walsh, operating department practitioner, was selected as the winner by the Shropshire Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System LGBTQIA+ and Friends Network.

Her design was inspired by a pride of lions, the strength a pride has, and how they work together to achieve success. The rainbow lion was to represent strength and unity within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Maggie, who is 13, said: “I was shocked, but grateful to win. It will be nice to see my design displayed in my local hospital.”

Maggie’s design has now been created in t-shirt form, with one of the t-shirts now displayed in the corridor at the hospital. Maggie also received a t-shirt with her special design.

Network spokesperson Lake Beckley, said: “As a network, we selected Maggie as the winner as we loved how all the colours of the Pride Progress flag were used to create a courageous lion.

“She also added lovely quotes to the design which really spoke to us. Well done, Maggie!”

The competition, which ran for a month, saw over 30 entries displayed in the Oswestry-based hospital’s main entrance for four weeks.

Stacey Keegan, chief executive, said: “It was great to see so many fantastic entries and welcome children to get involved with our celebrations at the hospital.

“The winning t-shirt design is incredible, which I am proud to display in the trust to help promote the message of inclusivity across the hospital.”

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