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Memorial to children who died at Guy’s Hospital

A memorial where parents and families can remember babies and children who died at the old Evelina Children's Hospital has been unveiled at Guy's Hospital.

Memorial to children who died at Guy’s Hospital

The memorial, which was funded by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, was opened by trust chairman Patricia Moberly.

Designed by Carol Misch and made in Germany of cast glass, the memorial contains DNA helix structures which symbolise the thread of life. Carved in the granite base are lines from a poem by Ben Jonson, and at night the glass is illuminated.

Carol won the commission by entering a competition as part of a class project while studying at Camberwell College of Art.

Mollie Cook, the trust's lead practitioner counsellor for children's services, explains how the memorial came about: "At the time, plans were going ahead for the new Evelina Children's Hospital on the St Thomas' Hospital site, and listening to bereaved parents, I was struck by the significance for some of them of the building in which their child had died. For some, it had also been the only building in which their child had lived.

"The memorial feels very special. For parents and families whose children died in the Evelina Children's Hospital at Guy's it provides a dedicated space where their children can be remembered and honoured."

The Evelina Children's Hospital moved from Guy's to its new site in Lambeth Palace Road at the end of 2005.

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