Spiritual Care Centre

Art at the Heart have led the interior design and commissioning of artworks for the new Spiritual Care Centre. It features a beautiful stained glass window, ‘Reaching Out’ designed by designer-maker Sally Pollitzer. Sally is a painter as well as a maker of stained glass windows and landscape is often reflected in her glass designs, however abstract they may appear. Sky, hills and sunlight are represented with colour. Two stained glass works from the old chapel have also been moved in to the new centre.

‘Reaching Out’ Stain Glass Window by Sally Pollitzer Image credit: Sally Pollitzer

There is a stunning cast bronze sculpture by artist, Chris Buck titled ‘In your arms’ that sits in the brand new courtyard space. Chris studied in Cornwall and he is inspired by the St. Ives abstract artists, and is a Member of the Penwith Society of Arts founded by Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. He produces sculpture in both wood and stone, it is in bronze that he finds the greatest satisfaction, combining natural forms and industrial precision to achieve individual pieces of strength and beauty.

‘In your arms’ sculpture by Chris Buck Image credit: Art at the Heart

The creation and the landscaping of the Courtyard Garden and artwork in the Spiritual Care Centre have been funded with a legacy bequeathed to the hospital’s charity, RUHX (formerly known as The Forever Friends Appeal), by a kind and generous Gentleman in his Will.

This space will function as a sanctuary – a place of comfort and refuge – for people with different needs who come from a wide variety of belief systems.

The Chaplaincy Team aims to provide pastoral and spiritual care to people of all faiths or none, respecting each person’s integrity, belief and need.

The Spiritual Care Centre offers 24 hour access and includes a space for anyone to come and sit, think or/and pray. The books of remembrance for both adults and babies is set aside in a designated area along with a book for people to write their own prayers and thoughts.

Image credit: Sally Pollitzer

The new Multi Faith Centre is very accessible and is located on the crossroads of Zone C&D on the ground floor, Princess Anne Wing.