FOUR students have created a wildlife mural to boost the spirits of sick young children.

The artwork has been commissioned by Rockinghorse Children’s Charity for the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton.

Lydia Duursma, Felix Scott, Jasmine Corkhill, all aged 18, and Jamie Hildick-Smith, 17, are studying at Sussex Downs College’s Lewes campus.

Together they designed, drew and painted the safari scene for the critical care ward.

The aim was to brighten up one of the corridor walls on the ward and it took the group six days to create the piece.

The centrepiece focuses upon a family of elephants bathing themselves in a water source, overlooked by zebra, antelope and giraffes.

Student Jamie Hildick-Smith said: “It’s been a great experience and a lot of fun to work with Rockinghorse and the Alex on this project.

“It is so rewarding creating a mural that has received so much positive feedback and support, and all for a great cause.

“I hope it has really brightened up the hospital.”

James DiBiase, course leader of the art and design diploma at Sussex Downs College, said: “The students worked with a strong level of professionalism, engaging in the whole process with positive energy, enthusiasm and high levels of creativity.

“Felix, Lydia, Jasmine and Jamie have created a beautiful mural that has received clear praise from the staff and patients of the ward, as well as Rockinghorse who have once again generously funded this project.”

Rockinghorse is the official fundraising arm of the Alex, raising money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment whilst ensuring that children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs.