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60 Postcards: the inspirational story of a young woman’s journey to celebrate her mother, one postcard at a time

22 June 2021
Written by: Rachael Chadwick
Review by: Anneke Elsing
Genre: Non-fiction

The heartfelt and uplifting story of how a project to scatter 60 Postcards in memory of her mother helped a young girl come to terms with her loss.

On 11 February 2012 Rachael Chadwick lost her Mother to cancer, just sixteen days after first being diagnosed, and her world shattered right in front of her. She decided to base a project around her Mum's approaching 60th Birthday. Desperate to spread the word about the wonderful person she had lost, Rachael wanted to  leave notes around a city in her memory. She hand-wrote sixty postcards, each with her email address at the bottom asking the finder to get in touch.

She went to Paris with a group of friends to celebrate, discover, and to scatter her memories. When Rachael returned to her London home, she desperately tried to switch off, switch off from the wondering (and hoping) whether she might actually hear from a postcard finder. And then, they started flowing in.