The Cancer Fund met with Pragna, a healthcare assistant working at the breast cancer clinic, last week to find out how lockdown had been for her. Besides finding the time to sort through her bookshelf, which was long overdue, Pragna explained her idea of capturing the change in the cherry blossom on her way to work, which could have been missed by some of her colleagues at UCLH.
"I took early retirement to become a volunteer as a welcomer and guide at the Cancer Centre to give something back as my mum was treated at UCLH. Whilst volunteering I realised I was making a difference to patients. In 2015 I was awarded Volunteer of the year; I was very touched as I was nominated by patients. Since then I have been employed as a healthcare assistant and have been presented with Excellence Awards.
"When Covid-19 came and the lockdown commenced, I thought of our front line workers. The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom in Regent’s Park. For front line workers, I knew due to their hard work and dedication, they would be missing out, which is why I started this photography project. I have walked Regent’s Park for the last 40 years and it has always cheered me up, all photos are from there. Starting with the Cherry Blossoms and ending with a white rose with a bud representing loss of life and a bud to flower for the future.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed taking them."
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