A Croydon photographer has donated a series of photos celebrating the borough’s 33,000 carers to two community groups.

Rob Wilson Jr took a series of portraits of carers from across Croydon, donating them to Carers Support Centre, a charity that provides support to carers, and Croydon BME Forum, an organisation representing Croydon’s Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector on September 28.

Originally created for his ‘Who Keeps The Peace?’ exhibition at Croydon Clocktower, the photos pay tribute to those who care for family members, neighbours, elderly relatives and disabled children, frequently unpaid and often unacknowledged.

Mr Wilson Jr said: “It was a great honour to work alongside these iconic Croydon groups and capture the faces of some of the people who strive behind the scenes to bring peace, harmony and cohesion into the lives of our communities every day.”

The Carers Support Centre opened in 2013 and is run by the Carers Information Service, a part of The Whitgift Foundation. The centre provides information and advice to carers, supporting them as they do others.

Amy Deakin, Communications and Publications Officer at Croydon Carers Support Centre, said: “Rob’s exhibition helped to raise awareness both of the vital importance of carers in Croydon and how the Carers Support Centre can make a difference to their lives.

“We were so grateful to Rob for donating such amazing photos to the centre and we’re really excited about displaying them, so we can continue to honour the contributions of Croydon’s carers throughout the year.”

Croydon BME Forum has been operating in the borough since 2002, working to empower Croydon’s BME communities to contribute towards policy development and decision making.

The Forum welcomed the presentation as “an amazingly generous offer that will allow the exhibition to continue, with the photos placed around our building which is used by the public and other organisations.”

Describing Rob’s exhibition as “beautifully created and thought provoking”, they explained that it allowed the Forum to “network and creatively engage with the Croydon community”.

Rob Wilson Jr is a photographer, videographer, digital engineer, musician and marketer.

Born in London, he has lived in Croydon for many years, photographing and documenting the borough’s history and rapid pace of change.