Animal artist Alison McQuail has raised hundreds of pounds for the QNI’s TalkToUs listening service through her pet portrait competition.

The idea for a portrait competition grew from the realisation that our pets, as well as nature and wildlife, were a huge source of emotional support and encouragement to people of all ages through the lockdowns of 2020-21.

Alison has raised an incredible £600 which will be used to support the QNI’s listening service for nurses who wish to talk in confidence about challenges in their work or personal life. Nurses have worked under huge pressure during the pandemic and this trend has continued due to rising demand.

The winning entry: Teddy with his portrait

I wanted to honour the incredible contribution of nurses during the pandemic and to raise funds for a super charity that supports nurses to provide excellent care in the community in so many ways. The QNI works with nurses who provide healthcare to people in their own homes and communities, where and when they need it most.

Alison McQuail

We are very grateful that Alison has raised these funds for the QNI’s TalkToUs listening service. Over the last year, we have heard from the community nurses in our networks how immensely helpful pets have been to their owners during lockdown, so this is very topical indeed. Judging the entries was truly challenging, but the unanimous winner was Angela’s entry and we are so impressed with Alison’s beautiful portrait of her dog, Teddy!

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, QNI's Chief Executive
Second prize: Alfie and his portrait
Third prize: the Swiss Valois sheep

The competition winners were:

First Prize: Angela Yates from Birmingham for her dog Teddy, Second Prize: Clare Baker from Halesowen for her dog Alfie; Third Prize: Clare McIntosh from Selkirk for her Swiss Valois sheep.


To donate to Alison’s fundraiser, please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/queensnursinginstitute

To see other examples of Alison’s work, visit her website: www.alimcquailportraits.co.uk

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