When you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, sometimes there’s nothing better than doing something creative! That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friend and local illustrator Sabina Gran to create a fantastic colouring book to raise funds for NHS workers.

Inspired by the drawings people are putting in their windows in support of the NHS, Sabina created a series of hand-drawn colouring-in boards which she originally uploaded to her social media accounts for people to download.

Overwhelmed by the response – including messages from NHS staff and their patients – Sabina teamed up with PLOTT’s very own Anna Plotnek to create a book of images including the Her Majesty the Queen, Colonel Tom Moore and Joe Wicks, with four dedicated to the NHS.

Creativity brings people together, but it’s our Lockdown Legends who are holding us together. To champion and thank these special people is the least we can do.

Researchers have found the simple, meditative act of colouring in can help to alleviate anxiety, reduce stress and fear, and cultivate a deep sense of calm. Whether you’re 8 or 80, I hope the drawings will help to encourage positivity and mindfulness, as well as being a welcome distraction at this crazy time.

Every penny raised from the sale of the Lockdown Legends colouring-in book will go to University Hospitals Birmingham Charity’s NHS ‘Superheroes Fund’, which provides support for frontline workers at the Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals, along with the new temporary Nightingale hospital. Cash raised funds snacks and treats for staff, overnight packs for those staying away from home and tablets so patients can video call their families from their hospital beds.

The book costs £12.95 and is available to buy via PLOTT or through the Hospital Charity website.

We are so pleased to be a part of this project. The money raised from the colouring books will go directly towards supporting out frontline staff who are working tirelessly to support our patients and fight the battle against COVID-19. The books are beautiful and I cannot wait to get one myself.

We also have to say a huge thank you to local PR agency Headline Communications, printer Positive Print and Cass Art – the project couldn’t have got off the drawing board without them. A big thank you also goes to GComms and the Fuel Bank Foundation who have kindly contributed to print and packaging costs.

If you want to find out more about Lockdown Legends, why not get in touch with Anna on anna@plottcreative.co.uk.