From Kirsteen Powell, Carers of East Lothian
Photo competition captures experiences of unpaid carers during Covid-19
Carers of East Lothian (CoEL) is pleased to announce Mrs Kirsty Summers as the winner of its making caring visible competition launched in June 2020. Mrs Alexandra Davey’s entry of her four-year old daughter assisting her six-year old disabled brother with his schoolwork was given a highly commended place. The competition invited unpaid carers living or looking after loved ones in East Lothian to submit an image that captured an aspect of their experience of caring during the lockdown.
The judging panel felt each entry told a powerful story of challenge, strength, love and resilience. However, they singled out Mrs Summers’ image of a moss rose for the creative way it conveyed its message of connection and support.
The rose was originally planted in Mrs Summers’ grandmother’s garden. She explained:
“When she died, my Dad dug it up and planted it in his garden. Since then it has ‘moved house’ another four times! My mother moved in with me permanently when she could no longer look after herself. That was four years ago and the rose moved with her.”
Mrs Summers’ mother moved into a care home at the end of May but still enjoys talking about, and looking at photographs of, this special rose bush. Mrs Summers commented:
“I’ve named the photograph ‘Lean On Me’ for several reasons: Because the stems of the rose are so brittle I have let the stems lean over a water feature for support. As we age we will probably need to lean on someone else for support. And, as a former carer I was fortunate enough to be able to lean on CoEL for support and advice.”
Jess Wade, Chief Executive Officer of CoEL, said:
“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the competition, and shared their images and experiences with us. We know the coronavirus outbreak has placed additional pressures on unpaid carers. If you are an unpaid carer who is struggling, please call us on 0131 665 0135 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.”
All of the entries to the making caring visible photo competition can now be viewed on CoEL’s website https://www.coel.org.uk/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/coel92/. kindly donated a goody bag and vouchers to give to the placed entries.