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.”