Super scenes for next year’s hospice calendar

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THE winning photographs for a hospice’s new calendar have been revealed.

And now the work is underway to get the calendar ready, complete with its views of iconic images across both Hartlepool and East Durham.

 Officials at Hartlepool & District Hospice have revealed the excellent winning entries for their photography competition. These are just a selection of the superb pictures to make it into the calendar.

Hospice chiefs also revealed that the 2014 calendar was now in production.

 Judges say the standard of entries to this year’s contest was top-rate. It was so high, they said, it made judging a difficult process.

 However, 12 wonderful photos have been chosen to feature in the calendar, including scenes from the coastline and from parks.

 Comments from the winners ranged from, “I screamed with delight when I found out I’d won” to “I was over the moon to find out my photo had been chosen.”

 The overall winning photo was from Kim Whitting-
ham.

 The 58 year old first became interested in photography after a school trip to Switzerland with his father at the age of 18.

 All of the winning photographs can now be seen on the Hospice website at www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.

 Hartlepool & District Hospice, is based in Wells Avenue, in the town.

It offers specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and East Durham each year.

 It is a registered charity which helps dozens of people from across the area to access Hospice services.

 They could be living with a variety of illnesses including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, motor neurone disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.

 Each patient and their family or carers receive a tailor-made package of services to meet their physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological and cultural needs.

 And all of this is done in an atmosphere of comfort and dignity, say officials at the hospice.

 It costs £2.34 million to continue providing the current range of services.

 The Hospice receives 24 per cent NHS funding so the outstanding amount of more than £1.7m must be raised through the local community and other fundraising initiatives.

 Watch this space to find out when the calendar is available.