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Dolphin Shopping Centre win gives retired NHS worker a “buzz”

Peter Richardson, a 65-year-old retired podiatry technician, has won a competition to design the packaging for the Dolphin Shopping Centre’s rooftop honey.

Competition winner Peter Richardson (left) with John Grinnell
Competition winner Peter Richardson (left) with John Grinnell

He will see his unique artwork feature on jars of rooftop honey sold at the centre in Poole as well as receiving £100 of centre vouchers.

Individuals were encouraged to incorporate NHS and key worker themes into their competition designs, as all proceeds from honey sales are due to be donated to Poole Hospital Charity. After reigniting his artistic flair during lockdown, Peter decided to get creative and put his new drawing skills to the test by submitting an entry.

“As soon as I saw all proceeds were being donated to Poole Hospital, I wanted to get involved,” said Peter. “I was admitted to the hospital last year and received nothing but outstanding treatment from staff, so wanted to show my appreciation in whatever way I could.”

Peter used multi-coloured shading, reflecting the iconic rainbow symbol used to show support for NHS workers throughout the global pandemic. His artwork also featured two health workers in full PPE, onlooking a cluster of bees.

Peter continued, “Art is a form of expression – it’s about being creative and having fun, and I really enjoyed producing this design. The optical illusion I created with the honeycomb happened by accident, which is always a pleasant surprise. I am truly grateful that my artwork has been chosen and feel like I am giving something back, albeit in a unique way, to the NHS.

John Grinnell, centre manager at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, said there were many fantastic entries and choosing a winner was difficult. He added, “However, the level of detail which Peter provided on his design was exceptional. The finished label looks brilliant, and I cannot wait to buy a jar of my own.”

The Dolphin Centre’s rooftop honey is produced from two beehives within its sustainable rooftop garden. The product is set to go on sale in the next few weeks, with all proceeds donated to Poole Hospital Charity. The rooftop beehives are part of a wider commitment for the centre to become more environmentally sustainable.

The Dolphin Shopping Centre is currently open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 6.30pm, and Sundays from 10am to 5.30pm. Elderly and vulnerable customers are encouraged to shop between the hours of 9am to 10am, whilst NHS and key workers will be given priority between 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Each retailers’ specific opening times are available on their website.

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