More than a mother
Wednesday 17th August 2011, Littlehaven, Wales.
I knew Sarah would be supportive and interested in the project. She is such a positive person and I knew that she would take it very seriously and fully engage. We were staying at a friend's holiday home in Wales and my Mum was there. Her reaction to the idea was in total contrast. She thinks it's weird and called it, "Bloody stupid."
When I asked Sarah to take part she said that she was excited and scared. She's since told me that she would lay awake at night thinking through the options. Sarah has also decided to volunteer for her chosen charity which I truly admire.
The shoot was constantly interrupted by her son and my daughter jumping into the frame and gurning for the camera. I relaxed a little with the photography but still didn’t really plan the shoot or direct Sarah as I should have done.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when you were asked to be a part of this project?
I was honoured to have the chance to make a difference to someone's life, but tormented by who was most deserving of the money. I was worried that I would offend people. A thousand pounds is a decent chunk of money and I felt that I could really make a difference. I was excited by such a generous donation, happy that I could help improve a child's life through my choice. I decided to give the money to Action for Children
. I wanted to help children who are vulnerable and desperate for love and care. It was important for me that the charity was local, so despite Action for Children being a nationwide charity it is based locally in Watford.
2. Did you think about spending the money on yourself and what difference it might make to your life?
I never thought about keeping the money myself but I did think about how those close to me could benefit. In the end I realised that others needed the money more urgently. Family and friends could still achieve certain things over time. It was painful to have to choose as there are so many people I wanted to help but I also felt lucky to be in that position.
3. Has Wearelucky inspired you?
It has opened my eyes to how much I could do to help in my community and inspired me to get more involved. It's a gift to be able to help others, but it's complex and there will always be people that you are unable to help or others that might be too proud to accept.