Employee seeks decorated rocks for Northumberland hospital garden

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When leaving and arriving for their shifts at Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH), health-care workers pass by a garden with decorative rocks.

​Painted by community members and placed at the Cobourg hospital last year, the rocks have since become weathered. A health-care worker is inviting Northumberland County residents to decorate and donate rocks to the hospital garden.

​“I’m just wanting to reach out to see if anyone would like to help replenish our rock collection,” said NHH employee Michelle Sinclair in a post in Brighton Rocks, a Brighton-based rock-painting group on Facebook.

​“It’s honestly a small but amazing gesture just to (see) some of the rocks coming and going from our shift. (It) puts a smile on my face.”

​Brighton resident Des Rodrigues has put aside some of his decorative rocks for the hospital garden.

​“With all the issues around the pandemic in the last year there has been one constant -- the strength, determination and bravery of the professional medical community,” Rodrigues said.

​“My admiration for their conviction goes beyond words to my art. Maybe a smile or pleasant thought, or to brighten their day when they see them outside of the hospital, is more satisfaction than any artist could ever hope for.”

​Sinclair asks residents who have rocks to donate to send her a direct message through Messenger.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News