Photography club members get creative for St Giles Hospice

Members of a local photography club have been showcasing their talents to raise money for St Giles Hospice.

The Rugeley and Armitage Camera Club created 40 framed images – 20 of which were auctioned for the charity.

The remaining photographs have taken pride of place in patients’ rooms at St Giles’ Compassus Centre.

Members of Rugeley and Armitage Camera Club hand over one of the images to representatives from St Giles Hospice

Members of Rugeley and Armitage Camera Club hand over one of the images to representatives from St Giles Hospice

John Sylvester, Club Secretary, said: “Our president Roy Hodgkiss joined the club just after its formation. His daughter works at St Giles Hospice and when we heard about the work they do we knew we wanted to help them make a difference.

“Last year at our first annual presentation evening and auction, we raised over £1,000. This year, we decided to make the hospice our chosen charity and so far we’ve raised another £1,500 to help fund their work.

“As well as donating money, we wanted to do something that would make a more personal impact on patients, and so the idea came about to donate some original pieces of photography taken by our members, to be displayed throughout the hospice.”

Helen Relihan, head of fundraising for St Giles Hospice, said the images would enhance the experience of people visiting the Compassus Centre.

“The money they have raised will help us to continue providing high-quality care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses,” she said. “The photographs they have donated will touch our patients, their carers and even our staff.

“Much of the photography was shot locally, and will hold very personal memories and associations for many people here.

“One in three people living in this area will be touched by the work of St Giles. The ongoing support we receive from local groups like the Rugeley and Armitage Camera Club is hugely important to us as we strive to provide ever-greater support to those people.”

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