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.
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 Back–to-School campaign and has since illustrated items for wedding shoots.
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.
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