Chloe chalks up an NHS tribute
One of the memories of the
Coronavirus pandemic will be the
way people showed their
appreciation of NHS staff, care
workers and others who put
themselves at risk to look after the
rest of us.
Musicians sang and played, live or
online, children used their time off
school to draw rainbows and every
Thursday millions of people left the
TV to go out into the street and
In Blackham, Chloe Harding
decided she wanted to say thank
you too. And she wasn’t going to do
it in a small way.
She turned the wall of her home at
Hobbs Hill into an enormous canvas
on which she would express her
She said: “My Step-Mum, Alex,
suggested writing NHS on the front
of the house in big letters as the
house faces the road and public
footpath so when people go past
they’ll see it.
“Obviously rainbows are what
people are putting to show their
support for the NHS so I thought,
why not colour the entire front of
our house in... so I did!”
Chloe used different coloured
chalks to colour individual bricks,
saying, “blending in the chalk
makes it look smoother.
“It took three days in total, I had to
stop a day between as my fingers
were bleeding from blending the
chalk in so much.”
Chloe was always interested in art
at school and has done some
drawings and painting since but
nothing on this scale.
Her efforts soon began to attract the
attention. “I had many people
passing by on their walks and
seeing the progress unfold.
“I had cyclists wave, walkers clap
and comment, saying how amazing
it’s beginning to look. I had cars
driving past honking their horns. It
was lovely to put smile on their
The finished artwork is stunning
and has put Blackham on the map
attracting the attention of a BBC
local news team.
“I’m glad people like it,” she said,
“and I hope it brings a smile to all
those front-line staff to whom we
owe so much and will never be able
to thank enough.”
Chloe has lived in Blackham from birth, growing up with
her mum, Sarah, and sister Jasmine, a fifth generation of
Hardings in the village.
“I grew up with Aymie and Keri, who are similar ages to
ourselves and still live in the village. As children, we
loved riding our bikes down to Willetts Farm to get ice
creams and then race back before it melted. It’s honestly
the best place to grow up as a child.”
After a few years away from the village, Chloe moved
back to live with her dad, John, and step mother, Alex,
and two younger siblings, Harry and Esmae.
“Blackham will always be my home because of the
amazing childhood I had growing up here. My Uncle
Steven lives in the village as does my Auntie Emma with
her family. We’re luck to all live so close together in such
a lovely village.
“It’s lovely living here, the countryside is gorgeous and
everyone in the village is so friendly.”
Chloe (right) with her siblings L-R: Jasmine, Harry and Esmae
“All with smiles on our faces to keep a positive vibe”