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Weekly Edition - Published  24 May 2016


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Care competition launches in Southport

A writing competition has launched for budding bards in Southport aiming to get to the heart of what caring means to family, friends and carers in the community.  The competition, launched by Carers UK and supported by Specsavers Healthcall, is open to everyone and welcomes poems and short stories on all aspects of caring; exploring the joys, challenges and complex emotions that come with looking after a loved 1.  Zetunnisha Arif, director of Specsavers Healthcall in Southport, said:- "We are proud to support the creative writing competition in Southport. In the course of our visits to people who are being cared for in their homes or in care homes around the local area, we hear a wide range of inspirational stories that deserve to be heard. The competition acts as an ideal opportunity to celebrate both the fantastic care available in the area and the experiences of those who benefit from it."

Heléna Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK, said:- "We have had an overwhelming response to our Creative Writing Competition in recent years, receiving hundreds of poems and short stories that reflect the true realities of caring; resonating with all carers, no matter what their circumstances. Caring is such an important part of life, yet too often it is a hidden issue; something that happens behind closed doors. We hope that by reaching more families through this year's Competition, carers will realise they are not alone and that Carers UK is here for them with advice, information and support, whenever they might need us."

Fiona Ritchie Walker won last year's creative writing competition for her poem After diagnosis. When Fiona's husband David was diagnosed with a terminal lung condition, Fiona became his full-time carer and their lives changed forever.  Fiona said:- "I've always loved writing but when David became ill, I put my writing on hold. David was my priority. When I read about Carers UK's Creative Writing Competition, I decided to give it a go. Writing the poem helped me to communicate what it was like to be a carer and to identify the many good things in my life. I was really pleased when I won the competition, but the main thing was that someone had read my poem, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the competition stand to win a wealth of High Street vouchers and for entries making the shortlist, an anthology will be printed and sent back containing their work."

Entries can be submitted online or sent in the post to:- Creative writing competition, Carers UK, 20 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4LX.


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