Toni & Guy in Sudbury seeks to spread positive message with display of artwork created by schoolchildren
A colourful display designed by schoolchildren is catching the eye in Sudbury, as a local salon seeks to spread a positive message during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Toni & Guy on Market Hill – one of dozens of businesses in the town to temporarily close to help stop the spread of the virus – has filled its front window with drawings, paintings and other pieces of art by local pupils, with a theme of celebrating the NHS.
Salon owner Jenna McLean received around 30 different designs, after she reached out to Nayland Primary School and Anglia Sunshine Nurseries in Sudbury, where her daughters attend, who then contacted other parents with the idea, as an activity for children currently at home because of the lockdown.
Jenna said she is hoping for more youngsters to get involved and add their artwork to the display, stating the business is keen to do its bit to thank front-line medical workers fighting the virus.
“The salon is looking like a little rainbow art gallery,” she told the Free Press. “As it’s an empty shop, it’s a really nice way to cover an area that’s a bit lifeless at the moment and brighten things up during this time.
“I came up with this as a bit of a random idea, because I have a school-age child. It was a way to try to keep this whole experience as positive as possible. I approached her school, and the idea evolved from there.
“They have been really positive. I think every parent at the moment is looking for any way to entertain their children, and they’ve all said what a lovely idea it is.”
Jenna added that the enforced closure of the salon has been a tricky situation, and it is unknown when it will be able to open again, but the staff are staying positive.
“Our employees are still staying in contact with each other,” she said. “It’s making us all more technology savvy.
“We’re just all pulling together. I think the whole situation is highlighting the best in people.”
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