Hand Carved Heroes Plaque Immortalises NHS Spirit

Johnathon Whittaker, owner of Carved By Hand in Plymouth, has donated a beautifully handcrafted NHS Heroes plaque to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s Emergency Department. 

After a social media post of Jonathan’s first plaque went viral, the requests for more came flooding in from hospital staff, ambulance crew members and people from the community. 

Hollie Garrard, a staff nurse in our Emergency Department put in a request to have a plaque donated to our hospital as a symbol of the remarkable and continual work of our NHS Heroes. The plaque has been installed in the majors area above the reception desk. 

Johnathon said: ‘It has truly been an honour and a privilege to carve and share these plaques for all the amazing NHS staff who work so hard, not just during the pandemic but always.

‘I wanted to make a forever “thank you” to hopefully show a little appreciation and gratitude for all the people who are there for us in both our brightest and darkest days, caring for us with compassion and love. Thank you!’

Jonathan is a self-taught artist and has spent up to eight hours making each plaque, but he has also seen the generosity of his local community. From timber, stains and finishes, tools and technical support, to packaging, delivery and admin assistance, locals have come together to provide support and donations to make all this possible for Jonathan to celebrate the NHS in his own way.

To help Jonathon create these amazing plaques and keep up with demand, fellow woodworker Phill Colley agreed to help make 27 of the plaques, including the one donated to our emergency department. 

We are so grateful to Phill and Jonathon for creating a memorable piece of artwork, which clearly portrays the hard work that went into making it and perfectly captures the dedication and spirit of our NHS. 

Jonathon has committed to carving close to 170 plaques for various settings across the country. 

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