Alyson scoops prize incarers’ writing competition

Date: Friday 9th November 2018
Alyson Hilbourne
Alyson Hilbourne

A WRITER from Penrith has won second prize in Carers UK’s creative writing and photography competition for a story about a disabled girl who loves horse riding.

Alyson Hilbourne (pictured), aged 60 was delighted to find her story, Ride Like the Wind, had scooped a prize in the competition.

“I love writing and have entered this competition previously. But this is the first time I have won and was really pleased to have done so well — it is very satisfying to see your work appear in an anthology!

“I got the idea for this story from my time working with children and seeing them play up when they do not get the attention they crave. Once I had the idea, the story almost wrote itself!”

The competition is now in its fifth year, and saw the general public and the country’s 6.5 million unpaid carers invited to submit entries depicting what it’s like to support a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.

Through the competition, Carers UK hopes to raise awareness of the realities of looking after someone, as well as provide an escape and creative outlet for those currently caring.

Winning poems and stories will be included in an anthology available from the Carers UK shop: