Millthorpe Students Brighten up Care Home with Garden Mural

Year 9 students from Millthorpe have brought some colour into the lives of residents at a York home for older people. Residents, students and staff joined together for the unveiling of a large mural that the children had created to brighten up a communal area at Amarna House in Boroughbridge Road, York. The care home, which offers a range of care for older people, including nursing, residential and dementia, has recently been refurbished and the painting, which followed a garden-based theme, was commissioned to bring a final touch of colour.


The mural was assembled on a panel at Millthorpe School before being assembled at the care home and took students four days to complete. But the students rose to the challenge:

“I enjoyed drawing the picture. At the painting stage I enjoyed the challenge of painting the bricks and plants to make them look realistic and 3D” commented Georgia Tyssen.

Fellow student Marnie Taylor-Abbott was enthusiastic about the theme, which was chosen to be bright and cheerful for the residents:

“I enjoyed the idea of bringing the ‘outside, inside’ for the residents.”

Year 8 students at Millthorpe were also invited after their form raised over £100 for Amarna House at a sponsored run in July, which was used to buy a bench for residents to sit on in their ‘indoor garden’.