Lucy McKenzie Photography

The Lockdown Doorstep Portrait Project

Fundraising for WAY - Widowed And Young
raised of £500 target
by 39 supporters
WAY - Widowed And Young

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RCN 1164988
We provide a peer-to-peer support network to help anyone widowed aged 50 or under


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To mark the strange time of lockdown that we find ourselves in, I’m offering families the opportunity to enjoy a Doorstep Portrait Photoshoot: quite literally, a photoshoot on your doorstep! From the compulsory 2 metres away, I’ll capture photographs of you and your family.

You can use it as a (currently very rare!) opportunity to dress up or you can fully embrace lockdown with photos in your pyjamas; the furry members of your household can be included, those items which have kept you going through this time (kilogram slab of chocolate anyone?!) or your beautifully drawn rainbow pictures… it’s entirely up to you!

There is no fee for the session or for the images, which will - in line with the current climate - be delivered electronically. Instead, I am asking for a donation to the nationwide bereavement charity, Widowed and Young (WAY).

As we are all well aware, Covid-19 is indiscriminate, and horribly there will be many people who have suddenly and unexpectedly lost their partners, and in a time when we cannot put our arms around each other. WAY is supporting those who need them with information online, local support groups and counselling services.

This charity has personal significance for me, as I turned to WAY after my husband died in a motorcycle racing accident, when I was just 32. Our baby daughter was only 6 months old at the time and my whole world felt as though it had imploded. It has taken years to (mostly) get used to my ‘new normal’ – a term which has become common parlance during the Covid-19 outbreak, but which has been used for far longer when talking about adjusting to the new way of life following a significant bereavement. 

Bereavement is still such a hard topic for all of us to talk about; we just don’t know how to approach it, what to say, what not to say, how to help and, our fear of doing the wrong thing often renders us too fearful to do anything at all. WAY is a peer-to-peer support group operating within a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through.

When I first met another local WAY member, sharing the emotions, the experiences and the grief together was very powerful – we didn’t have to explain anything to one another as we had a common ground, and it made me realise how exhausted I was trying to hold so much inside. We shared tears and concerns about being both mum and dad to our young children, but also ideas and ambitions, encouraging each other to explore what was possible within the new perimeters of our lives. The result of my exploration became my dream business: Lucy McKenzie Photography.

Please help me to raise money for WAY and show our appreciation for what their volunteers are doing to support young widows, widowers and their children across the country….

plus, let’s have fun and make memories in the process!

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About the charity

WAY - Widowed And Young

Verified by JustGiving

RCN 1164988
WAY offers a peer-to-peer support to anyone whose partner died when they were aged 50 or under, married or not, with or without children, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender, race and religion.

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