The Covid 19 pandemic has created a tragic situation for so many of the elderly who have been confined and isolated in their homes or Care Homes, unable to be visited by family and friends and unable to go out on visits and enjoy the fresh air, the sounds and smells of the country. Their well publicised plight has really affected me and I want to do something to help.
During the first lockdown it was Spring and we had glorious weather. Every day I took my daily walks with my dog around the countryside just yards from my back door, taking photos, marvelling at nature, enjoying the silence, hearing only birdsong, smelling the fragrances of the yellow rapeseed and cow parsley. I realised how fortunate I was to be able to experience all this while so many were confined to home and Care Homes. I have now been inspired to share my daily walks by creating a pictorial book from my photos of the Suffolk countryside with its vistas, wild flowers, as well as garden flowers.
The resulting 50 page 'coffee table' style book contains over 100 photos with some text. The book is entitled A New Dawn with an enthusiastic Foreword by Clare Balding. She fully empathises with how the Coronavirus has affected our lives and well-being. To quote : "This is a book that brings hope and that encapsulates all that is precious in the outside world"
My aim is 2-fold;
1. To be able to give a free copy of the book to Care Homes and Hospices in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
2. To raise funds for the NHS charities at Addenbrookes (Act) and The West Suffolk Hospitals (My Wish) and The Friends of The Newmarket Day Centre through book sales.
To do this I need to finance the cost of the printing and distribution of the books.
A publishing company has quoted for a print run of 1000 hardback books. The print costs along with the distribution and marketing amounts to £10,000. If I can raise this then 500 copies can be 'gifted' to Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Care Homes and Hospices, and through selling 500 books at £15 a copy, £2,500 can be donated to each of the three charities.
A New Dawn is dedicated to all those who have been working so tirelessly throughout this pandemic, especially NHS staff and Care workers
The following slideshow of photos is a compilation of just some of the 100 + images in the book. A New Dawn follows the seasons and this selection will give you a glimpse of the countryside and of the seasonal changes in our gardens.
Your generosity will brighten their day
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT
To view some pages of a sample book, visit my website www.photoartdesign.co.uk and view in A New Dawn.