Competition winners help make carers visible

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Arts and crafts competition entries helped mark Carers Week in North Argyll.

Young and adult carers got inspired by the Making Carers Visible theme for Carers Week 2020 and sent in entries to an online contest organised by North Argyll Carers Centre in Albany Street.

All the entries were posted on Facebook and visitors to the page were invited to vote for their favourites.

May Thompson won the writing category with her poem highlighting the work of dedicated carers and Karen Liversedge won votes with her photograph of Tufty Plays Piano, in the Adult Arts &  Crafts Category. She asked that her prize be donated to the Young Carers Service.

The winner in the young carers design category was 10-year-old Alyssa Spreadbury whose artwork collected the highest number of votes despite being up against some tough competition. Her prize was a gift voucher in the post.

Here is May’s winning poem:

Making Carers Visible.

This is a poem I’d really love to share,
To draw your attention to the people who work in care.
We might just be too busy; or so it always seems,
To take a proper look at what goes on behind the scenes.
A doctor can give you medicine, to take away your pain,
And physio can help you if you end up with a sprain,
But, Carers; they do so much more;
they go that extra mile,
And even when they’re tired and stressed; they hide it with a smile.
Their dedication knows no bounds; they’ll be there when you call,
Yet, often you will find that their back’s against the wall.
Some days, there aren’t enough supplies, and funds are very low,
But they would never tell you, because they don’t want you to know.
They’ll bring the shopping, make you tea; or sit and hold your hand,
And if you shed a tear or two; they’ll completely understand.
Their commitment and devotion is second to none,
And as far as they’re concerned; you’re their number one.