Why do many of us feel a little more emotional at this time of year? I don’t have the answer, but as as this year will be the first Christmas without mum, I’m feeling the need to remember, positively. Hence my donation to DementiaUK Admiral Nurses, Remember a Star Christmas Appeal. I like the idea of mum’s name written on a star, along with many others, hanging resplendent on the charity’s Christmas tree.
When Anne asked if I could restore a ripped photograph of her sister, I asked how the treasured picture had become destroyed. The story she revealed was one I too had experienced with mum: ‘My mum ripped-up the photograph, then regretted it directly afterwards,’ Ann told me.
Ann’s mum is still living with dementia, so I suggested my fee be a donation to DementiaUKs Admiral Nurses, which Anne and I were both happy with.
It is the season of goodwill and giving, so as a friend said to me this morning (in a round-about way) there’s more to life than merchandise and wanting things for ourselves. So why don’t we all make someone happy with a random act of kindness this Christmas.
Here’s the restored photograph and few different looks I put together for Anne (the original, opposite was in seven pieces, which I glued together). I hope her sister likes the photograph, it’s to be a framed Christmas gift.