SOUTHERN readers are being invited to submit photographs which best reflect life in the Borders, writes Andrew Keddie.
The winning entries will appear in a special calendar being prepared by Selkirk’s Kirsty Lockett in association with the Cardiomyopathy Association.
Kirsty was inspired to get involved after her close friend and former workmate Jane Rutherford Paton, whose parents live near Lilliesleaf, died last year aged 32.
Jane had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, a decade earlier.
Now, with the support of Jane’s husband, Dougie Paton, and the rest of her family, Kirsty wants to tap into the photographic talents of our readers to create a special tribute to her friend – and raise funds for the charity which raises awareness of the condition and campaigns for more heart and gene tests.
“It is the number one medical cause of sudden death in the under 35s and as many as one in 500 people are affected, but many don’t know,” explained Kirsty.
“Jane lived a very full life even though she knew she had a bad heart which sadly gave up on her last year.
“Although brought up in Africa and living for various periods in Edinburgh, London and New York, Jane was always at her happiest when in the Borders, never more so than when she married Dougie at Lilliesleaf, which is also where she is laid to rest. Wherever she was in the world, she always carried a picture of her beloved Eildons.
“Jane’s heart was enlarged and she took drugs on a daily basis to maintain its function: a regime which left her feeling very tired, but she seldom complained or disclosed the seriousness of her condition to others. She is truly missed by all who knew her.”
Kirsty said she wanted to celebrate Jane’s passion for life in the calendar.
“What I need are photographs capturing all aspects of current life in the Borders, including landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, human life, gardens and festivals, reflecting the diversity of the imagery all around us.”
The competition is open to all ages with a maximum of two entries per person. Printed copies of entries should be sent to: Kirsty Lockett, 22 Corbie Terrace, Selkirk, TD7 5BX with your name, address and contact telephone number clearly printed on the back of each entry. Kirsty would also like to know in which month each photograph was taken.
The closing date is July 31. Once judging has taken place and entries selected, winners will be notified and asked to provide a digital version. The winners will receive a printed copy of the finished calendar with their names printed next to their photographs.