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Brookes Alumna and art enthusiast joins the league of frontline heroes

Wednesday, 20 May 2020


Brookes Enterprise Support has been sharing stories of entrepreneurs from the Brookes community who are going the extra mile to contribute towards the well being of our society during these unprecedented times.

Learn how Brookes alumna Samantha Ball is doing her bit by providing support to NHS wards by fulfilling housekeeping duties and ensuring that the environment provided to the patients is meeting the quality standards. She completed her degree in B.A.(Hons) Fine Arts from Oxford Brookes in 2014 and was also one of the finalists at the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2013. She is an art enthusiast and has her own artwork available at her website https://www.samanthaballartist.com/ and also at the e-commerce website Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SamanthasSketchShop


Please tell us a little bit about yourself 

After graduating from Oxford Brookes in 2014, I obtained a Masters in Event Management at the University of Westminster after which I developed my career within the areas of events and education. I started developing my own art projects whilst also coordinating art exhibits and events. My artwork can be found on www.samanthaballartist.com.

Since the last year, I have been living in Guangzhou, China, working in the field of education. I returned to the UK in early 2020 to pursue my educational aspirations further. Soon after moving back to the UK, the lockdown was announced, and thereafter I have been using this time to assist the NHS whilst also working towards taking my artwork forward.

What are you doing to face these challenging times? 

I am working at NHS as a Ward Assistant during this lockdown period, where I assist the hospital to serve and provide daily food to the ward patients. When I get back home, I utilise the time to develop my artwork through small projects like creating an Oxford colouring book which I intend to share once printed. I am working towards designing new artwork and printing them onto greeting cards so that the customers could post them to their loved ones, or have some for their own use. They are all available on Etsy.

Who are you helping and how? What made you decide to do this? 

I am helping the NHS staff in the hospital during this busy time. I don’t have a medical background, nor am I trained in medical practices, hence my responsibilities within the wards revolve around organising food and drink for the patients, ensuring that they are served well in time.   

I feel very fortunate about moving back from China to the UK before the situation turned serious. Seeing the issue spread so rapidly across the world made me realise that I was lucky to return home and spend some time with my friends and family before the lockdown.  Realising the gravity of the pandemic outbreak, I felt that it would be an honour for me to serve those in need and give back to the NHS for their continuous service.

What tips or advice would you like to give to our readers? 

Observe the social distancing guidelines, and stay at home until further notice.


 Following this basic principle, we can reduce the spread of this highly contagious virus.

Have a look at Samantha’s artwork and connect with her at the below links:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samanthaballartist/

Website: www.samanthaballartist.com

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SamanthasSketchShop


Are you working towards fighting COVID? 

Share your story with the Brookes Enterprise Support Community. Encourage more people to get involved with your project, inspire others to do their bit, and help comfort each other in these uncertain times. Whether you are shopping for vulnerable people, making food for NHS staff or helping from home by making phone calls to comfort the elderly - we want to hear from you! 

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