Hospital window is Over Wyre inspired

Christine Whaite and Michael Holmes from Aquitaine Stained Glass (right) at the dedication of the new stained glass window at Blackpool Victoria Hospital with Laboratory Operations Manager Phil Houldsworth, Non Executive Director Paul Olive and Chaplain Graeme Harrison.
Christine Whaite and Michael Holmes from Aquitaine Stained Glass (right) at the dedication of the new stained glass window at Blackpool Victoria Hospital with Laboratory Operations Manager Phil Houldsworth, Non Executive Director Paul Olive and Chaplain Graeme Harrison.
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A CHANCE conversation between staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has led to the installation of a new stained glass window - provided by an Over Wyre company.

The “Tranquillity Window’’, which was paid for by a generous anonymous donation, was made after staff member Christine Whaite overhead bosses saying they thought a stained glass design would be the perfect addition to the new mortuary’s viewing room.

Christine and her partner Michael Holmes run Aquitaine Stained Glass in Great Eccleston and over the past year have been working hard to produce the final window, which was officially handed over to the hospital this week at a dedication ceremony.

Christine, a Pathology Lab Assistant, said: “I just heard a conversation mentioning a stained glass window and I couldn’t help but say what we did.

“We were asked to come up with an idea which was accepted and we are delighted to see it in the mortuary.

“We were amazed with the final product when we saw it in place for the first time especially when the sun shone through as it brought out all the wonderful blue, gold and rainbow colours. We hope it brings a lot of comfort to those who use this room at a sad time for them.’’

Talking about the design Michael said: “The main brief we had was the window had to be non denominational so it is quite an abstract design.

“It is made in the traditional style with lead and cement and we hope that the colours bring a great sense of peace to the room at a time when people need to feel comforted.’’

Laboratory Operations Manager Phil Houldsworth, who commissioned the window, which is one and a half metres high by one metre wide, said: “Michael and Christine were given the brief to create a window that not only looked stunning but projected a feeling of serenity into the room.

“The result is a window design that went beyond all expectation and now completes the room.’’

The dedication was performed by hospital Chaplain Graeme Harrison who said: “The new mortuary development has vastly improved the service for those who have lost their loved ones and the fact this window was made with staff involvement and donated by a local family makes it all the more special.’’