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Manchester High School for Girls

Mariella's Prime Minsterial Painting

Congratulations to Mariella Kaye who has been selected as the Greater Manchester winner of ‘Your NHS’, a national competition celebrating the launch of Manchester’s new mental health hospital

Entrants from across the country were invited to create a piece of artwork under the theme ‘Hospital of the Future’. Mariella’s creation impressed the judges for being imaginative and inspiring. They particularly enjoyed the fact her hospital of the future included lots of innovative ideas, such as a robotic pharmacy, birth printer and even a spray antibiotic slide to cure patients.

The competition judges, who included Andrew Maloney, Deputy Chief Executive at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Sophie Yardley, journalist and producer at BBC Radio Manchester, also loved her use of colour and her science fiction inspiration. 

Mariella with Boris Johnson

As part of the prize, Mariella was invited on a very special trip to London to see her design on display at 10 Downing Street. After seeing her artwork on the wall, she spoke to Boris Johnson, the prime minister, and Matt Hancock, secretary of state for health and social care, who were both impressed with her creativity and vision.

Mariella commented: "I can't believe I've won the NHS art competition. I had so much fun coming up with ideas for the hospital of the future and I have so many more ideas I would love to contribute. I just wish my entry could have been poster size! Hospitals make me happy knowing they help people young and old when we are sick or injured and they also save lives."

Helen Mortimer, Head of Preparatory Department, commented: "We are very proud of Mariella. We had amazing entries from across the school and know the standard was high across the region. The competition was a great opportunity to get our children thinking about the NHS and I can't wait to see some of her ideas come to fruition in the future."