The atmosphere in Springhill’s Day Hospice was filled with suspense on the evening of Thursday 25th August, as invited local dignitaries and local amateur photographers waited to see who the winners were in this year’s annual Springhill Hospice calendar photography competition.
Mayor Cllr Ray Dutton and his wife, Mayoress Elaine Dutton, took centre stage to announce the photographs that will grace each month of the ever-popular 2017 calendar.
Guests including Hospice Chairman, Cllr Robert Clegg, Hospice Chief Executive, Julie Halliwell and Leader of the Council, Cllr Richard Farnell, watched as the winning photographs were revealed.
“We live in a beautiful Borough. This calendar is not only a Rochdale institution and a fundraising mainstay but also a wonderful way to show off some of the breathtaking views our community experience every day but often take for granted” said Chief Executive Julie Halliwell.
Each year a committee of volunteers, headed by Hospice Trustee Stephen Beckwith, organise the photography competition, encouraging local people to send in their photographs showing just what makes Rochdale so picturesque. “We have a panel of judges who decide who the winners are, and it’s a tough job,” said Stephen.
With all the winners announced, the calendar is now on sale for everyone to enjoy. Calendars cost just £4 each and are available from all the Hospice’s eight charity shops, from Hospice reception, Springhill Tea Room and at various outlets boroughwide. For more information about where to purchase a copy contact the fundraising team on 01706 641790.
This year’s competition winners won’t be putting their cameras down just yet as the competition for a coveted space in the 2018 calendar is already open and hotting up. New this year……submit your photographs online by visiting www.springhill.org.uk/calendar. Entry is free. Could your fantastic photograph grace the pages of next year’s Springhill Hospice calendar?