Royal College of Nursing Students Magazine Spring Issue | Cambridge Photographer
Earlier this year, I was commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing to photograph one of their newly qualified nurses, who was undertaking a running challenge to raise awareness about mental health. The organisation was doing a special feature for their students magazine and wanted some dynamic, colourful and positive photographs to go alongside with the written piece.
So, on one sunny wintry morning, I met Katt in a park in Cambridge to photograph her on one of her runs. It’s a challenge she is doing every day for a year while wearing a different unicorn hat to symbolise positivity and bravery for raising mental health awareness and raise money for the charity MIND.
I photographed some running action photos of her before she eventually stopped after making several laps to leave a crochet heart on one of the park railings. The crochet hearts are knitted by Katt, which she also adds a positive message for people to find. We got to have a lovely chat afterwards where I learned more about Katt’s story and the reason that prompted her to take on the challenge.
Katt’s bravery to speak out and help other student nurses while doing something difficult and positive to highlight mental health issues for nurses left a lasting impression on me. It was a pleasure to work with her and the Royal College of Nursing to create real documentary photographs for the article that Katt wrote for their students magazine.
You can read about Katt’s challenge in the Spring 2019 issue of RCN students magazine or on their website, which was shared to their social media too. She also has an Instagram page where you can follow her daily runs @follow_that_unicorn_runner and a sponsorship page that you could directly donate to her challenge and raise money for the MIND mental health charity.