Thetford-based therapist and breast cancer patient paints portraits of NHS staff who cared for her at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds
A breast cancer patient and Thetford-based therapist has documented her journey through painting 41 portraits of the NHS medical staff who cared for her during the pandemic.
The portraits of staff from the Breast Care Unit, painted by Chris Goddard, have been framed and are now on display at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.
When Chris was first diagnosed in November 2020, her husband bought her Tom Croft’s book entitled Portraits for NHS Heroes which she was inspired by.
Dr Ewen Cameron, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, said: “What leaps out at me is how healthcare was managed through the pandemic, and how it affected lives.
“The portraits also show how many people are involved in a person’s care, and it’s lovely to hear from Chris’ experiences how wonderful the team was.”
Chris’ book features another 60 portraits of staff from Chris’ GP surgery and pharmacy; her postman; the driver who delivers her medication; local fire service and teachers; the chairmen of Breckland and South Norfolk district councils, and two members of the nursing staff at St Nicholas Hospice.
The money from the book will go towards St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Chris said: “What has struck me is how impactful every word and gesture is from each staff member – every contact is ingrained on my memory.
“At a worrying and vulnerable time, I felt very supported, and as if everyone who cared for me knew all about me.”