THESE heartbreaking pictures show a self-isolating nurse seeing her two-year-old son through a window in Lancashire after seven weeks of separation.
Care quality nurse Charlotte Cole took the 'agonising' decision to move her son George to her parents' home in Kirkham on April 1 after a confirmed coronavirus case at one of her workplaces.
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Both Charlotte, who oversees seven care homes, and her husband Daniel, a data analyst, are key workers.
Speaking about the moment they decided to move their son, mum-of-one Charlotte said: "It was an extremely difficult decision to make.
"No mum would want to be put in that situation – we agonised and tried to put it off for as long as we could.
"Sadly the decision was made for us when I found out that some of the residents and colleagues at the homes were experiencing symptoms of the virus.
"It's always very emotional when we go to visit because he doesn't understand why we have to leave him.
"But I try to look on the positive side that at least we can see him – even though it's through the window. It's better than not being able to see him at all."
Grandparents Bridget and Robert Younger, who live five minutes away, are caring for the toddler during the pandemic.
Charlotte and Daniel, both 30, make alternate daily trips to visit George, FaceTime regularly and are able to go together on a weekend.
Although little George is safe, Charlotte's parents, Bridget, 55, and Robert, 65, fear their daughter is at considerable risk.
Bridget, a grammar school cook, said: "I worry all the time when Charlotte goes to work but she keeps saying to me it's her duty.
"She's always wanted to be a nurse ever since she was a little girl.
"Her dedication and determination to the job and putting others first is second to none."
Charlotte has urged people to continue following the government advice ahead of lockdown restrictions easing.
She said: "It's annoying when sacrifices have been made by key workers who are helping the country get through the pandemic.
"I remember when lockdown first started and I saw friends casually walking around as if nothing had changed.
"It was extremely disheartening at one point as we're making a conscious effort to follow the advice as best as we possibly can."
Bridget's neighbour, professional photographer Pete Ashton, 45, captured the emotional moment when the couple visited their son on May 10.
The images have been entered into the Hold Still competition – a project headed by the Duchess of Cambridge which aims to capture the life of the nation during the pandemic.
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