A married couple from Southwold decided to combine their talents to support East Coast Hospice in its mission to bring Hospice care to the people of Waveney & Gt. Yarmouth.
Stephen is a photographer and Anna is a yoga teacher and owns the Southwold Yoga Studio. They hit upon the idea of producing a Yoga themed calendar in aid of ECH. Anna’s students posed for each month of the year and Stephen took charge of the photo shoot to create a calendar for 2015 ‘Yoga at Work’.
The result: 300 calendars sold worldwide and £766.60 raised for the Hospice! Anna said her students were not sure about posing for the calendar until she told them it was in aid of ECH.
The project started in August 2014 and went to print in September. The calendars were shipped out to Italy, Germany, Holland, Tasmania, Australia, Canada and India. All of these countries sharing the common ethos of the value of Hospice care. Sadly lacking in this area.
Anna decided to undertake the calendar project following the success of Stephen’s exhibition of his Southwold Books and an audio visual presentation at the town’s Art Festival last summer.
Stephen and Anna compiled the audio visual from old holiday snaps sent in from many residents and lovers of Southwold past, and present. These included a photo of Margaret Chadd, a trustee of ECH, on the beach in Southwold as a little girl. Margaret is now a sprightly 92yr old and still living in Southwold.
The exhibition took place in Southwold Town Hall with six showings a day and proved immensely popular, raising £616.07p
Our photo shows Stephen and Anna holding the combined cheque for £1,382.67p which they presented to ECH Community Fundraiser Jeff Wood.
Mr. Wood said “I am thrilled to receive the money on behalf of ECH from such a lovely couple who have provided enjoyment for many as they fundraised for a charity close to their hearts. We look forward to continuing our association with them in the future.”
Mike Mayhew, of Southwold Press, printed the calendars for the project and very kindly printed display posters free of charge as this was in aid of the hospice.
Stephen and Anna would also like to thank Richard Wells of Wells Photographic, Southwold who has been incredibly supportive throughout the whole project. Thanks also to the local retailers who sold copies of the calendars; Spunyarns, Chapmans, Daddy Longlegs, Gallery Thea, Spots (Southwold Post Office), The Star Inn and the village shop in Wenhaston. Sarah Lawrence of Tinkers in Walberswick also generously supported the project and sold the calendars in her shop as well as posing for the calendar.