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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.

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Sep
28th
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Vodafone’s “misleading” advertising

In an attempt to entice customers to sign up during annual peak iPhone season, Vodafone in the UK are offering a ‘double entertainment pack’ for anybody signing up to a 4G contract.

Vodafone’s entertainment packs give subscribers to their “Red 4G” price plans a free subscription to Spotify Premium or Sky mobile TV for the length of their contract (usually two years), or Netflix for six months.…

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Aug
30th
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Show Jumping

Like golf and cricket, there’s a lot of standing around waiting for something to happen with showjumping, maybe not the most exciting sport ever, but when you watch it on TV its certainly made to look impressive.

This morning I had the opportunity to catch a few runs at the Cherwell Competition Centrein Oxford to see just how impressive it is in person. While there was a full schedule of…

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Aug
21st
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Got GCSE Results? Take a selfie!

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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Aug
11th
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Leeds Ice Rink plans

Leeds Ice Rink plans

Litchfield based The Ice Rink Company applied for permission to build a new rink in Leeds in November 2012, with permission being granted by the City Council’s planning committee in October 2013.

To date, very little information has been made available about the rink and the majority of residents in the city don’t know that the rink is due to be built. The only real sign of a future ice rink is…

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Jul
7th
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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.

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May
25th
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Keep the world moving

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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May
18th
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Ninja Ducks

 

Three ducks walk into a park… These three look like they mean business, hiding in the long grass, waiting for their victim to wander on by before they leap!

Use this image under licence, exclusively from Picfair.

Ninja Ducks

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Feb
23rd
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Governor Central

I had considered being a school governor for a while and had looked at the School Governors One-Stop Shop website a couple of time and started filling in the application form to become a governor.

However, I didn’t submit the application form as other commitments were taking up the majority of my time and I didn’t feel that I could do the role justice at that point. There was a secondary…

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Feb
22nd
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School continuity and disaster recovery planning

What a headline to get your excited on a Saturday afternoon: School continuity and disaster recovery planning, doesn’t it move you to the edge of your seat?

No, not really, but I’m going write about it anyway.

I recently attended my first full governing body meeting since becoming a governor and SFVS was on the agenda. For those who aren’t familiar with the term (I wasn’t until that meeting) it…

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