Springhill Hospice proudly launched their 2018 Calendar at a prestigious unveiling ceremony at the Hospice at the end of August. Local dignitaries, Hospice management, photographers and Hospice supporters celebrated the talents of photographers and the amazing views from around the Borough that feature in the fundraising calendar.
Each year an eight strong team of volunteers manage the production of the Hospice’s calendar, including organising a photographic competition, asking photographers to submit their snaps of scenes from around Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood and Whitworth.
“There are so many talented photographers in the area that we had many, many stunning pictures submitted, it was really difficult to whittle them down to the final 13” said Angela Smith, team member and launch evening host.
Attending this year’s launch and helping to unveil the competitions winners were the Mayor Rochdale, Cllr Ian Duckworth, and his wife, Christine, the Mayoress; the Mayor of Whitworth, Cllr, Alan Neal, and his wife, Janet, the Mayoress: Springhill’s Chairman of Trustees Robert Clegg and Chief Executive, Julie Halliwell. This year’s Man of Rochdale, Alan Wrigley, and Woman of Rochdale, Kath O’Donnell also attended, mingling with local photographers, all keen to find out whose photographic entries had been chosen.
Praising the efforts of all involved, Julie Halliwell said, “This calendar showcases the work of brilliant photographers and celebrates the wonderful sights from the Borough, as well as displaying the skills of a dedicated team of Springhill Hospice volunteers. Thank you to everyone involved in making such a beautiful calendar that raises both essential funds and awareness for the work we do at the Hospice”.
Linda Glossop, whose winning photograph of Pike House Cottages at Rochdale Canal appears on the calendar’s front cover, has a very personal reason for entering the competition. “My beloved father spent the last two weeks of his life at Springhill Hospice where he was looked after with great compassion and dignity. By entering the competition I am able to give something back, helping others to receive the same care. I’m thrilled that my photograph graces the calendar’s front cover and am now busy promoting it to my friends both locally and internationally”.
Springhill Hospice’s 2018 calendar costs just £4, with the proceeds helping to fund patient care at the 16 bed palliative care facility on Broad Lane, Rochdale.
Calendars are available now to buy from Springhill’s charity shops (a list of which can be found at www.springhill.org.uk/retail), at The Craven Tea Room & Gift shop, the reception at the Hospice itself and many other local outlets.