Royal Free staff have portraits painted in NHS tribute for work during pandemic

Vicky Pang was presented with her portrait by senior Royal Free staff. Picture: Royal Free

Vicky Pang was presented with her portrait by senior Royal Free staff. Picture: Royal Free - Credit: Archant

To celebrate their work and sacrifice during the height of the pandemic, talented artists have created portraits of some Royal Free Hospital staffers – with two of the portraits even being beamed across Piccadilly Circus.

Portraits include of Nina Davies and Dorcas Boamah lit up Picadilly Circus. Picture: Royal Free

Portraits include of Nina Davies and Dorcas Boamah lit up Picadilly Circus. Picture: Royal Free - Credit: Archant

Around the country, hundreds of artists volunteered to take part, and at the Royal Free, deserving subjects included Vicky Pang – head of infection prevention and control nursing – along with fellow nurses Nina Davies and Dorcas Boamah.

Vicky Pang was painted by Janey Sharratt, and said: “This is all a bit overwhelming but I’m very pleased. Janey came to the hospital and took lots of pictures of me and talked to me about what I did but this is the first time I’ve seen the result.”

READ MORE: Ham&High podcast: Greenpeace UK programme director Pat Venditti on the power of direct actionNina, who was redeployed to support the intensive care unit and Dorcas, who is a nutrition specialist and was sent to help at the Nightingale Hospital, were painted by Charlotte Johnstone and Sarah Harvey respectively.

Their portraits appeared on a billboard in Piccadilly Circus.

Nina Davies, as painted by Charlotte Johnstone. Picture: Royal Free/Charlotte Johnstone

Nina Davies, as painted by Charlotte Johnstone. Picture: Royal Free/Charlotte Johnstone - Credit: Archant

Dorcas Boamah was painted as part of the Portraits for NHS Heroes project. Picture: Royal Free/Sarah

Dorcas Boamah was painted as part of the Portraits for NHS Heroes project. Picture: Royal Free/Sarah Harvey - Credit: Archant