Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Photo Pass for Amy Macdonald

My heart sank when I saw that singer songwriter, Amy Macdonald, was playing my home town of Reading this November. Her date is on the fireworks weekend and I shall be looking after my dog, who comes first with all the loud noise that comes with it. However, she is also playing Guildford on the tour, which is not too far from home. I have bought a ticket for the show, and I've also been in touch with her management. Although a meeting with her is unlikely, they are going to try and organise a photo pass for the gig, and to find out about the first record that she bought. This will allow me to get a great shot of Amy performing, so it's another great addition to The Record, which is the fundraising book I am currently putting together to raise funds for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity.

Bowel cancer is the second highest cancer killer in the UK claiming 16,000 lives each year. However it is also one of the most treatable cancers if caught early with a 90% success rate. My Mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012, and fought this awful illness hard for over 4 years before passing away in August, 2016, a week after her 80th birthday. As well as raising funds, the book will help raise awareness about bowel cancer, which is key to reducing the amount people who pass away each year.

Monday, 10 July 2017

South African Cricketing Broadcaster Natalie Germanos On Board The Record, A Fundraising Book For Bowel Cancer

Me and Natalie in Green Park

I am very happy to reveal that South African sports broadcaster, Natalie Germanos, will feature in The Record. Natalie has been in the UK this summer covering the Women's Cricket World Cup. When I saw that she would be working as part of the BBC Test Match Special team, I thought that she would be a great person to photograph for the new book, and she joins Mike Selvey, Daniel Norcross and George Dobell from the world of cricket already on board. We met up in London and Natalie was extremely kind with her time, and we chatted for about an hour in Green Park. It's going to be a great chapter in the forthcoming book.

My Mum passed way in August 2016 after fighting bowel cancer for over 4 years. All proceeds raised from sales of the book will be donated to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity. This book is the follow up to 2015's Lives & Times, which has raised over £3250 for the charity so far. As well as raising funds, the book will help to raise awareness about bowel cancer. It is the second highest cancer killer in the UK claiming 16,000 lives each year, but if detected early it can be successfully treated in over 90% of cases.