How project from Down Under is creating magical Christmas memories at Children’s Hospice South West
- Credit: Christmas Wish Project
The Light Up a Life appeal offers people the chance to remember a loved one, by making a donation to North Devon Hospice (NDH) or Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) in their memory.
Making memories is something that happens all year round at Little Bridge House, but Christmas is a particularly special time for families visiting the Fremington hospice.
This year, thanks to an initiative that started on the other side of the world, families have been given the chance to create some truly magical photographic moments.
Barnstaple photographers and digital artists Estelle and Keith Trueman and Laurence Liddy volunteered their time as part of the Christmas Wish Project, which started in Australia in 2016 as part of the heART Project but has quickly gained worldwide attention.
Brother and sister Estelle and Keith, and friend Laurence visited Little Bridge House on three Saturdays in October and November to take portrait pictures of 12 families staying at the hospice.
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Estelle said: “When the opportunity to be involved in this year’s global event came along, I instantly thought of Children’s Hospice South West.
“Essentially what we did was to set up a green screen photo studio, and take beautiful photos of the children, later magically Photoshopping them into custom Christmas scenes and surprising their families with an artwork to treasure forever.
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“It’s been amazing; it was a huge honour to visit the children’s hospice and meet the incredible children in their care.”
Families involved have not seen the finished pictures but will receive their large framed prints in the post today (Wednesday), all completely free of charge.
The Christmas Wish Project had support from a number of North Devon businesses, including Pearce Homes, which purchased the prints and St Johns Garden Centre, which allowed the photographers to use their Christmas displays as digital backdrops. Devon Digital Imaging took care of the printing and framing, while Wildae Restorations paid for postage.
Supporting the Light Up a Life appeal will help CHSW give families of children with a range of life-limiting conditions the chance to make more special memories in 2019.
This year’s appeal, now into its fourth week, gives people the opportunity to remember a loved one by making a donation for a candle in their memory at a series of services that conclude on Sunday night at Torrington Methodist Church. See below for full details of services taking place.