Derby artist, Elaine Lim-Newton, has been commissioned by a local arts charity to design and paint a five-foot ram for this year’s Derby Ram Trail.

The trail, which was originally due to take place last summer but was cancelled due to coronavirus, encourages people to embark on a journey around Derby, enjoying the 30 unique and colourful giant ram sculptures – sponsored by various city-based organisations – which have been designed and painted by different artists.

And Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity has teamed up with Elaine to design and decorate a ram for the charity called ‘Nurse Nightingale’ – representing the journey of the NHS and famous local figure, Florence Nightingale.

The Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity ram will feature imagery that from the history of the NHS. She has incorporated the rainbow colours that have come to represent the love for the NHS. Elaine was inspired by NHS staff,”Our Ram ‘Nurse Nightingale’s design has been inspired by the wonderful dedicated staff and patients that are part of and use the Royal Derby Hospital. It also celebrates the life of Derby’s most famous Nurse Florence Nightingale.”

Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity Director, Tim Diggle, said he was thrilled for the charity to be taking part in the Trail:

“We can’t wait for the start of the Ram Trail and for visitors to come and enjoy the beautiful design created by Elaine. We’re also delighted that she will incorporate imagery showing the proud history of the NHS and its links with Florence Nightingale.”

“We look forward to sharing details of Elaine’s painting progress with our patients, supporters, volunteers and staff in the coming weeks.”

After the trail the rams will be auctioned off to raise funds for the museum. We would love to bring our ram home to live permanently at Royal Derby Hospital so if you would be interested in helping us bid for our ram, please get in touch!