Located within the modern Blantyre Health Centre building in Victoria Street, The Haven Centre was opened in May 2002 to provide care, complementary therapies and information to people affected by life limiting illness such as Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease and also to their carers and family members.
The Haven 5 stained glass windows were especially commissioned to mark the creation of this brand new palliative care centre. Working with artist Fiona Foley, children from four local Primary Schools designed the windows to reflect what people using the Haven would like to see. The project was funded by local businesses and South Lanarkshire Council. Each of the schools were given a particular colour to work with.
The Blue Window – Auchinraith Primary School
Based on a popular theme of the seaside and the calming effects of the sea. This window shows a dolphin playing in the waves under a magical blue moon and a multicoloured rainbow.
The Green Window – Hareleeshill Primary School
Using ideas from nature, leaf patterns and shapes produced this harmonious panel. To one side a bird perches on a branch beneath some elegant plant stems. Incorporated onto the bird is image of a small golden cross.
The Yellow Window – St. Ninian’s Primary School
Wonderful sunshine ideas. Almost space-like with different planets, stars and suns floating through it.
The Red Window – St. Bride’s Primary School
Based around two striking images. In the centre a fan of long stemmed red tulips sits in front of a colourful bird high in the branches of a cherry tree. In the background there are flower and sun patterns.
The windows are beautiful and especially when in the sitting area inside looking out on a sunny day. Today, one of the windows is the Haven’s own logo, becoming very recognisable in Blantyre.