The sculpture forms a focal point in the hospice grounds, and as such it was unveiled by HRH Princess Beatrice during the official opening of the hospice in 2013.
The hospice is a unique and inspiring place. It serves a vital role within the community offering essential care and help to families when they need it more than I could possibly imagine. It is a place with a truly unique atmosphere. It is a calm, caring, happy place to be. The children, families, staff and volunteers, enliven it with a sense of happiness, joy and optimism.
I consider it a tremendous honour to have had the opportunity to contribute something to the hospice. I hope the sculpture captures a sense of the serenity and playfulness that embody this wonderful place.
The sculpture is titled ‘Georgie and Beth’, and is modeled on my two daughters who posed for the initial drawings. It is carved from a single block of Portland Stone which originally weighed over four tonnes and stands nine feet high.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to a number of people, organisations and companies whose generosity made this project possible; The Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust, Albion Stone PLC, Marshalls Natural Stone PLC, Matt Fairley, Mike Disley, Combined Masonry Supplies, Rodgers Plant Hire Ltd, Naylor Myers Ltd, all the staff and volunteers at the hospice, and Mike Bentley for photographing the project.