An artist has drawn a portrait of an NHS nurse.

As part of the #portraitsfornhsheros initiative, artist Catherine Lansdale has created a drawing of 62-year-old Carol King, a registered nurse from Clayton-le-Moors.

She joins hundreds of other artists across the country who are creating free portraits of health and social care workers on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms King, who works with patients who need intravenous nutrition in their own homes, said she was “blown away” by the portrait.

She said: “[Catherine] did a portrait of somebody else and she’d asked me for photographs.

“About two weeks later she emailed me and said ‘hold your breath’ and just sent me the portrait. I didn’t know what to tell her... I was lost for words. I had no idea she were doing it and I was blown away when I saw it.”

Ms King enjoyed a long career working in East Lancashire hospitals in nursing and management roles.

She added: “I worked at the Royal Blackburn Hospital and Blackburn Royal Infirmary for 37 years and left there about six years ago to retire.”

However, the nurse only retired for around five months because she “really missed my nursing” and went back into the profession.