first direct, the telephone and internet bank, hosted a fashion show at Oulton Hall hotel to raise funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice who care for children and young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses, and provides support to their families. The evening was presented by ITV Calendar’s Christine Talbot, organised and run and modelled by first direct staff with clothes provided by House of Fraser.
Over 100 guests attended the £10 per head show, and although the total amount raised is yet to be announced, first direct are hoping to smash their £2,000 fundraising target. Karen Walker, the banks director of customer service welcomed guests to the event before introducing Martin House’s corporate fundraiser, Brenda Peel who told the audience a little about Martin House before the show got into full swing.
Although confessing to not being much of a fashionista, Talbot did a professional job of introducing each of the models and their outfits. The majority of models were employees of the bank, whose headquarters are just a couple of miles up the road in Leeds, and their children.
I was lucky enough to be invited along to photograph the show, a selection of the images are showcased in the gallery below.
There’s still time to contribute towards the fundraising for Martin House, via the show’s JustGiving page.
first direct’s charity fashion show
first direct, the telephone and internet bank, hosted a fashion show at Oulton Hall hotel to raise funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice who care for children and young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses, and provides support to their families.
Got GCSE Results? Take a selfie! @ReporterEditor
It’s GCSE results day; up and down the country 16 year olds are getting out of bed, grabbing their smartphones and heading to school one last time. They’ll pick up that envelope, some will sneak outside and open it in private while others will open it there and then, infront of everyone and let their emotions tell the story of what’s inside.
There was a time when you might run home and share the…
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Today I turned my hand to being a sports photographer for what is reputably the most difficult sport to photograph due to the speed its played at. An ice hockey puck can be hit at over 100 miles per hour and while the recreational game is a lot slower, it still isn’t easy to keep up with the puck as it whips across the rink.
Leeds Knights is a new ice hockey team based in the city of Leeds, but currently playing their home games in Sheffield and Bradford until a new ice rink is built in the south of the city, on Elland Road, next to Leeds United’s football stadium. They are a recreational team playing a series of challenge and charity games with a view to joining an organised league in the future.
Having been a long time supporter of Blackburn Hawks, I had been hoping for hockey to arrive in Leeds since I went to live there 12 years ago, so when I heard about the Knights I had to go and watch a game. Before I did, I was contacted by the teams GM, Neil Fox who asked if I would consider taking some photographs of the game. I couldn’t say no!
The game was my first in eight years and I’d only taken photos from the stands, as a fan in the past. Bradford Ice Rink is a much more difficult place to shoot than Blackburn Arena too, smaller, darker and poorly maintained. I arrived early to get a feel of the rink and find the best locations to shoot from. The plexiglass was to dirty and scuffed to see through, never mind take photographs though. The main fan area was covered with safety netting which rules out any decent photography. There was an area near the team bench, at ice level and near the goal line which was great for the camera – no plexi or netting; but not so great for me because when your eye’s against the viewfinder keeping up with where the puck is heading isn’t that easy. Luckily I only came close to injury once and that was from a well checked shoulder rather than the puck! The rink has an upper balcony level as well which was much safer and meant I was shooting down onto the ice from a high level. That was good in terms of being able to see beyond players to where the action was at, but seemed to take away an element of being in the game. Something to think about for next time maybe; great shots, or safety?
I shot over 1,000 pictures during the game and have submitted over 200 of them to the Knights for promotional use. A few of those images can be found below, with many more over on flickr.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Leeds Knights visit their website at leedsknights.co.uk.
Leeds Knights Ice Hockey
Today I turned my hand to being a sports photographer for what is reputably the most difficult sport to photograph due to the speed its played at.
Keeping the world moving: #GCC 2014
A year ago I wrote about the Global Corporate Challenge, a 100 day challenge that companies across the world sign up for and get their employees to sign up to.
The challenge is simple, to be more active and create a fitter, healthier population, the way of achieving it is slightly harder. Participants aim to walk 10,000 steps per day, every day for the duration of the 100 day challenge. 10,000…
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