Super-snapping student’s hope to fundraise through her work

Lauren Marsden in the Central Library.
Lauren Marsden in the Central Library.

A CREATIVE student with a flair for photography has used her talents to help raise cash for five charities.

Lauren Marsden, from Hartlepool, is a photography student from The University of Sunderland.

And the 19-year-old decided to put on an exhibition at Hartlepool Central Library with a twist.

She visited different areas of the town photographing charity workers in action.

The talented snapper pictured volunteers from Epilepsy Outlook, Hartlepool and District Hopsice, the RSPCA, The British Heart Foundation, and The Red Cross.

The snaps she captured were then printed or attached onto commemorative items such as plates, spoons, medals, trophies and stamps to honour the importance of the volunteers’ work.

The display was at the library in York Road last week and now Lauren is hoping that members of the public will donate generously to the five charities.

The former High Tunstall College of Science pupil said: “I went around Hartlepool taking photographs of volunteer workers and had their photographs put onto commemorative items. It was to honour them as a person and for the work they do for others. That’s why I’d like to raise money for the charities as a follow-up to my exhibition.”

Lauren, who also attended English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, added: “It was my first ever exhibition and I was proud of it. I’m just hoping that people will help me raise some money now.”

Lauren, from the West Park area of Hartlepool, caught the photographic bug from her father during family holidays to the likes of London and Jamaica when she was growing up. She is in the second year of her university course and hopes to make a break into film or television when she completes it. To donate to any of the charities that Lauren featured in her exhibition then email her to make arrangements on