Marie Curie South West is Cornwall-based branch of the Marie Curie charity. The charity raises funds so that they can care for and support people who are living with a terminal illness. They also support the families of those affected.
Every March, there is a huge fundraising event across the country known as the Daffodil appeal. Volunteers can be spotted around towns and events with their donation tins and daffodil pins...usually wearing their bright yellow hats that make them stand out amongst the crowds.
I photographed Lynda while she wore a 'daffodil' coat in the centre of Truro. The sun was glorious and the colours of the flowers looked stunning against the blue sky.
Marie Curie South West Padstow to Rock Swim
The Padstow to Rock Swim is a popular event for swimmers, many of whom are local but some do travel from across the country to be there. It is a challenging but rewarding swim across the estuary which is done to raise funds for the charity.
More details of the event can be found on the Padstow to Rock website.
In 2015, I was asked by the Marie Curie South West fundraising team to take photographs at the event. The team needed to have photographs for publicising future events and for social media, and I was happy to be able to help them.
The brief was to capture the event, and some of the swimmers, in a way that would provide an overview of the event as well as photographs of some of the entrants to provide a positive image of the challenge. It was necessary to consider that the photographs could be used for press releases, social media or for the charity's website.
"Claire's brief was to come and take photographs of the annual charity swim event from Padstow to Rock. The results were fantastic, her beautiful photographs captured the mood on the day and gave us a real personal insight into some of the 300 participants - the excitement and trepidation before the swim and the triumph when completed, as well as some beautiful shots of the swimmers in/and the water. A hectic day with minimal brief, Claire understood quickly what was needed and produced some really special shots." Ceri Crowther, [Former Community Fundraiser at Marie Curie]