A 14-year-old young carer’s design is the inspiration behind Wigan’s new carers awareness logo.
A competition born out of the success of Carers Week in June asked residents to submit their visions of what a logo should look like that symbolises carers in the borough.
Megan Crawford, of Marsh Green, was selected as the winner for her fantastic design which captured the different strands of what it means to be a carer. The 14-year-old lives with her sister and brother who have special needs and has been part of the borough’s Young Carers group since she was 10-years-old.
She has been taking part in weekly Zoom quizzes with the group and got told about the competition during lockdown.
Her mum Katy Swankie has paid tribute to her daughter who she says would go out her way to do anything for the family and anyone else given the opportunity.
“Megan is really good for me, I have two other children that need more support at times so she helps with anything round the house, she would help anyone if she could. She wanted to enter the competition because the Young Carers group has been a big part of her life. They have been fantastic for her, it gives Megan a break from life when it’s sometimes needed.”
For her winning design Wigan Council awarded Megan a Nintendo Switch.
On her drawing, she said: “My design was inspired by images that in my mind are symbols of Wigan. I was extremely happy when I received the news as it was the first time I have won something like this.”
Wigan Council is keen to shine a light on carers and those who don’t even recognise they are and feel they are simply carrying out ordinary responsibilities as a family member or friend.
Coun Keith Cunliffe, Wigan Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for adult and social care, selected Megan as the winner.
“The role carers play cannot be underestimated, the difference they make to peoples’ lives is invaluable and this has taken on an even greater significance since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is why we wanted to launch the competition during Carers Week so we could shine a light on everything they do. I would like to congratulate Megan on her brilliant design and everyone else who took part.”