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Photograph exhibition to reveal the hidden lives of Norfolk’s unpaid carers

PUBLISHED: 18:55 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:41 07 June 2017

Emily,19,  from Attleborough, who cares for her mum who has fibromyalgia. The picture is part of the Carers Week photo exhibition put on Norfolk Carers. Picture: HANNAH HUTCHINS

Emily,19, from Attleborough, who cares for her mum who has fibromyalgia. The picture is part of the Carers Week photo exhibition put on Norfolk Carers. Picture: HANNAH HUTCHINS

HANNAH HUTCHINS

Poignant photos will be revealing the hidden lives of unpaid carers in Norfolk at a free exhibition.

Will lives in Norwich and cares for his partner Neil who has Parkinson's. The picture is part of the Carers Week photo exhibition put on Norfolk Carers. Picture: HANNAH HUTCHINS Will lives in Norwich and cares for his partner Neil who has Parkinson's. The picture is part of the Carers Week photo exhibition put on Norfolk Carers. Picture: HANNAH HUTCHINS

The 15 images were taken by 23-year-old Norwich photographer and unpaid carer Hannah Hutchins and show a variety of people who look after loved ones and friends.

They are on show at the Forum on Tuesday, June 13, from 9am-5pm as part of this Carers Week.

Organised by the Norfolk Carers organisation, it aims to raise the profile of unpaid carers across the county and highlight some of the available support.

Miss Hutchins, from Omney Street, looks after her grandparents who are both in their 90s and suffer with dementia.

Members of the Come Singing group in Costessey which supports people with memory loss. The picture is part of the Carers Week photo exhibition put on Norfolk Carers. Picture: HANNAH HUTCHINS Members of the Come Singing group in Costessey which supports people with memory loss. The picture is part of the Carers Week photo exhibition put on Norfolk Carers. Picture: HANNAH HUTCHINS

She said: “It is important to highlight and celebrate people who do help their loved ones. You don’t know what is going on in people’s lives.

“So many people have to give up their lives to care for others and are never given any praise for it.”

The care of her grandparents is shared between her relatives as well as some paid for support and the 23-year-old added it was a role she wanted to do.

“It was quite therapeutic doing the photos. I have taken pictures of people from all walks of life caring for people in different situations. It was quite amazing seeing so much good work. I’m quite excited about showcasing my photos which are all about relationships,” Miss Hutchins said.

Jo Phillips, communications and engagement officer from Norfolk Carers, said: “A lot of people don’t identify themselves as carers so they don’t realise what support is out there. We are trying to reach out to people. We want to help people before they reach crisis point.”

The charity knows of just under 100,000 unpaid carers in Norfolk - nearly one in nine of the county’s population.

Mrs Phillips added that unpaid carers suffered emotional and health problems.

Counsellor Chloe Swinton will be giving a talk at the Forum alongside the exhibition from noon-1pm on how people cope with ambiguous loss which is when a carer is affected by a loved one with a life-limiting illness, dementia, stroke or brain injury.

For advice call the Norfolk Carers advice line on 0808 808 9876 from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or 10am-2pm on Saturdays.

Visit www.norfolkcarers.org.uk for more information or for free tickets to Ms Swinton’s talk, click here.

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