When Ingrid Caines was treated for cancer, the staff at Royal Inland Hospital started to feel like an extended family to her and her husband Bob.
He described the relationship as fantastic, one that helped his wife as she was treated for — and ultimately died from — cancer.
Bob said Ingrid wanted to leave a legacy to the hospital and there was some talk about buying equipment but it was in conversation with Janice McDonald, a nurse in the RIH cancer ward when his wife decided her legacy would be art.
“Janice said we spent all that money on a new ward but they were faced with just bare walls,” Bob said of the hospital clinic.
“A light went on and Ingrid starting looking for an artist.”
She start picking works but died before she could complete the project so Bob took it on, working alongside the RIH Foundation staff.
One of the biggest challenges was this was the first time anyone had donated art to the hospital so permission was required.
Once the OK was received, the paintings were donated in an informal presentation and continue to brighten the walls of the clinic today.