THE CHIILDREN'S waiting areas at the Friarage Hospital's accident and emergency department have been transformed into a magical wonderland thanks to the Rotary Club of Wensleydale.

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Lovely countryside scenes including the seashore and local points of interest now adorn the walls of accident and emergency's paediatric waiting area and two treatment areas have fascinating underwater scenes featuring sea life and creatures.

The vibrant life size murals were painted by local Wensleydale artist, Ric Duffield, from Preston under Scar was keen to work at the Friarage in recognition of the excellent care his own children received at the hospital.

The fascinating murals are already proving a hit and have helped to improve the experience of young people visiting the department by providing a more welcoming and stimulating environment and help take their mind of being in hospital.

The Rotary Club of Wensleydale, which currently has 21 members, raises around