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Naomi House Hospice gets a boost from siblings of seriously-ill children
SIBLINGS of seriously-ill children put their creative talents to good use as they took pictures for a hospice’s calendar.
Professional photographer Catherine Skinner visited Naomi House Hospice, in Sutton Scotney, to teach the youngsters some of the basics at a sibling activity day.
The participants then used their new skills to compete against each other to take pictures for the Naomi House 2014 calendar, using the theme of colours.
Jenny Astall, sibling support worker at Naomi House, said: “We chose this theme to give the children a really broad and exciting range of subjects to draw from. The photos that they managed to produce from it were absolutely outstanding.”
One of the youngest winners was eight-year-old Emma, who took her photograph ‘Ties’ in a Marks and Spencer store, to represent the month of June.
She said: “I chose these colours because it’s like a rainbow, and it reminded me of some of the colours at Naomi House and Jacksplace.”
The children and their parents were invited back to the hospice to celebrate the work they had produced, and each winner was awarded a prize for their entry, followed by a slice of camera-shaped cake.
Jenny said: “We loved the idea of getting the siblings to create this calendar. We always try to get them as involved as possible in the work that we do.
“This project was the perfect opportunity for them to support their brothers and sisters while being creative at the same time.”
The 2014 calendar is now on sale in most of the hospice’s retail branches and in their online store.
All of the proceeds will go towards providing care and support for children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses.
To buy a calendar for £4.95 visit naomi house.org.uk/shop.
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