Internationally renowned artist and sculptor Bob Olley had the original idea for the game, and he also created the illustrations within the game.
Bob is based in South Shields and uses his unique style of artwork to capture the real spirit and humour of the North East, and has helped brighten up much of the region with his work.
Bob is a board member of TOPIC (The Older Persons Improvement Collaborative). TOPIC is an initiative in the South Tyneside and Sunderland Hospital Trust to improve elderly patient care and experience. Through personal experience and his work with TOPIC Bob realised that older people can become bored and sedentary during their stay in hospital.
Bob created Rise and Shine as a way of bringing some fun to the day by patients participating in a game. It had the added benefit of encouraging older people to get dressed and participate in some movement-based activity, promoting mobility.