Sheffield photographer stranded in India with daughters launches Covid fundraiser

A Sheffield photographer who is stranded in India with her two daughters as its Covid death toll mounts has launched a charity art sale to help the stricken nation.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 8:55 am

Kirsty Larmour, from High Green, is under lockdown in New Delhi with her teenage daughters Saffy and Indy, having been unable to get a flight back to the UK or to the UAE where her husband is currently based.

She says they are fine but have been left heartbroken along with the rest of the world watching the funeral pyres burning as overrun hospitals are forced to turn away coronavirus patients who are struggling for breath.

Determined to do something to help, she and her talented daughters have assembled a collection of photos taken by Kirsty and Indy, and poems written by Saffy, which they are selling online for charity.

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Kirsty Larmour with her daughters Saffy, 15, and Indy, 13

Each piece is available for US$20, or just over £14, with every penny going to the GiveIndia Covid-19 campaign to support critical health services there battling the pandemic.

Kirsty, who has been living in India for just over three years but tried to get a flight back to England when the second wave struck as she didn’t want to add to the burden the country is facing by getting sick, says the charity sale has already raised nearly £2,000 and she is ‘truly amazed’ by the response.

“We started the appeal because friends from around the world saw images that are coming out of India, and Delhi in particular, and kept messaging us asking how we were coping and if they could help us and what we needed,” she said.

A riot of gold, by Indigo Larmour, known as Indy, who won the Young Travel Photographer of the Year award aged just 12, is one of the photos being sold to to support India's response to the Covid crisis

"We really don’t need anything but India needs so much right now. We were feeling quite helpless in our apartment not being able to do anything to help so the kids and I decided to pool our creative talents and use what we had available to us to create an art sale.”

She added: “We hope it’ll help in practical ways, in the provision of extra beds and oxygen which are much needed. The parents WhatsApp groups from my kids’ schools are full of desperate pleas and requests from people searching for hospitals with space or for ways of treating patients at home and it’s heartbreaking.”

Counting our blessings, by Kirsty Larmour