Our cover image on the July/August issue was painted by a Wiltshire mother, who wants to share through her art, the reality faced by two of her children who are frontline workers

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Arttist, Elaine Heseltine-Carp, lives with her husband Richard in the village of East Knoyle, in the south of the county. Elaine is an artist and Richard runs a classic car restoration business.

When the reality of the Coronavirus was first realised, it had a deep impact on Elaine and Richard’s family and their day to day lives. Their son Will, had only recently qualified as a doctor and, at a time when they were getting ready to celebrate his achievements at his graduation ceremony, they suddenly found themselves helping to pack his bags and send him off to his first job. Will then found himself working full time in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Ward at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital outside Cardiff, ironically, where he had recently finished training. Will was fast tracked to be a fully-fledged doctor to help in the crisis with his graduation ceremony taking place from his bedroom via Zoom.

Their daughter Lucy, who is the subject of Elaine’s first NHS painting is a respiratory physiotherapist working in a hospital in Oxfordshire.

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