As our Postcards of Hope campaign gains momentum, we have received a range of cards that feature words of wisdom, from well-known motivational phrases to extracts of famous poetry and prose.

The act of reading and writing is known to help the mind process thoughts more clearly during times of trauma and depression. It is this cathartic aspect of literature that captured the imagination of Black Rainbow author Rachel Kelly and encouraged her to set up this project with United Response.

However, one postcard creator, Keith, used his submission to emphasise that sometimes more than words are needed to provoke change.

Speaking about the meaning behind his postcard ‘An Open Heart’, Keith explained: “I didn't see it him. And more to the point he didn't see me.

“The world was a spinning orbit and then a quiet time lying on the tarmac before help arrived. I didn't recognise it as help. In fact I didn't recognise it as anything.

“Tearing the nerves from my spine caused my right hand/arm to be a memory. What helped was the love and care of others into whose mercy my heart melted.”

Keith was seriously injured in the accident, though has learnt to adapt to this change, painting and making one-handed music in Cumbria. Living in Cumbria with his family and dogs, Keith said: “Life is good.”

He added: “Working in the helping professions and as a volunteer for the NHS, I have used and heard many words, used to impress and evoke the right response.

“But what matters, and what really makes a difference, is the spirit of an open and accepting heart.”

To share positive words on a postcard of your own, or to express whatever hopeful message you like, visit the Postcards from the Edges website for more details on the project.


Gemma Taylor, media assistant.