Lady Swan painting unveiled in nursing home
A copy of a painting of the late Jacqueline Swan has been unveiled in a West End seniors’ home where she served as a board member for more than two decades.
Gary Pitman, chairman of the board for the Packwood Home, said Lady Swan was an “amazing woman” who had a “real affinity” for the Somerset home for the elderly.
He added: “She was a stalwart. Lady Swan and Packwood — the two were synonymous. Everything about it, she was involved in.”
Mr Pitman became chairman of the Packwood board just before Lady Swan, wife of former premier Sir John Swan, died in July 2016, aged 72.
Mr Pitman said the print was made from a portrait of Lady Swan that hangs in the family home.
He added that Sir John had backed the plan to hang a copy of the artwork in Packwood.
Mr Pitman said the print was a tribute to Lady Swan’s contribution to the home during her more than 20 years as a board member.
He added: “It’s really a thank you to let people know what Lady Swan did.”
He said that donations were still being made to the home because of the work done by Lady Swan.
Sir John added that his late wife was “very devoted and committed” to the home.
He said: “It was a project she put a lot of time, effort and resources into.”
Sir John attended the unveiling event earlier this week along with the couple’s three children, Alison, Amanda and Nicholas.
Sir John said it was a “very proud moment” for the family.
He added that Lady Swan had played a major role in helping to revive the Packwood Home.
But he said that his wife never sought recognition for her work.
Sir John added: “She was a very humble person — she didn’t like publicity, didn’t like being out at the forefront.
“She preferred to do things behind the scenes.”
Sir John said he hoped the print would “inspire others” to become involved in charitable work.
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