Epic journey begins for 1000 cranes in North Yorkshire

1000 colourful origami paper cranes are winging their way to Japan today (Thursday 23 July) with a group of Explorer scouts from North Yorkshire and Cleveland.

1000 colourful origami paper cranes are winging their way to Japan today (Thursday 23 July) with a group of Explorer scouts from North Yorkshire and Cleveland.

Made by patients, carers and staff from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust’s (TEWV) North Yorkshire mental health services for older people (MHSOP), and scouts from North Yorkshire and Cleveland, they will eventually form part of a display at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the bombing.

MHSOP services run by TEWV Trust that took part in the project include Springwood in Malton; Ward 14 at The Friarage Hospital and TEWV’s memory service in Northallerton; along with community mental services in Harrogate and Ripon.

The cranes which contain personalised messages for peace and recovery were handed over to the 36 scouts and their four scout leaders at Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar Station, by Mrs Margaret Robson, a carer, and Clare Jones, occupational therapist.

Mrs Robson who made some of the paper cranes along with occupational therapist, Clare said: “It has been lovely to take part in this therapeutic activity and see the paper cranes starting their journey with the scouts. Making the paper cranes gave me the opportunity to meet other carers who are in a similar position to me”.

Clare Jones, occupational therapist with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust said “The opportunity to help our local scouts by making paper cranes has been an extremely rewarding and positive experience for all involved. Occupational therapists strive to engage others in meaningful activities and through group sessions our staff, patients and their families were able to master the art of origami.  The activity was a great leveller and gave everyone a sense of purpose and satisfaction in helping others”.