Jodie Illustrates is bringing Christmas to St Ann’s

Staff nurse, Jodie Carr, is brightening up our Heald Green hospice will illustrations on our ward windows during the festive period whilst raising vital funds for #TeamStAnns.

By News Team on November 16, 2020

Staff nurse and creative business owner, Jodie Carr, 29, is using her creative skills to bring some festive cheer to our Heald Green hospice with Christmas illustrations, whilst raising vital funds for our St Ann’s 

Jodie recently joined the team at our inpatient unit in August this year and has volunteered to use her illustration skills to bring Christmas to the wards following the difficult decision not to have the usual decorations due to Covid-19 

Jodie said: 

I volunteered to illustrate the windows in the Inpatient Unit at Heald Green and I have also taken the opportunity to raise funds for the hospice. It’s the perfect chance to combine the two worlds of creativity and nursing. I am very proud to be a part of it. Jodie Carr, Staff Nurse

Before Jodie started at St Ann’s, she took a short break from nursing to work on her mental health following a string of traumatic life events. While concentrating on getting better, Jodie turned to art and from there blossomed her business, Jodie Illustrates. In September, Jodie worked with WHSmith on their Backto-School campaign and has since illustrated items for wedding shoots. 

She added:

It was during a difficult time that I picked up a paintbrush again and Jodie Illustrates snowballed from there, becoming an official business in August following a mountain of enquiries from local businesses. Jodie Carr, Staff Nurse

When Jodie started at St Ann’s amidst the pandemic, she was able to work part-time in a palliative care role that she had always dreamed of, whilst having her art as a creative outlet.  

Jodie said:

Working part-time as a nurse and illustrator gives me that work-life balance that I need to maintain good mental health and wellbeing. I get the absolute job satisfaction I have been craving from nursing and the therapy, distraction and grounding I need to function at my very best, through my illustration work. Jodie Carr, Staff Nurse

To sponsor Jodie Illustrates fundraiser for St Ann’s, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jodie-carr 

Follow Jodie Illustrates on Instagram to see more of Jodie’s creative creations:  https://www.instagram.com/jodie.illustrates/