Wirral amateur photographer has image showcased at the House of Commons

17 October 2016

A resident from Birkenhead, Wirral, had a photo they had taken showcased at the House of Commons after winning a national competition.

People’s Health Trust launched the competition as part of its fifth anniversary celebrations and to mark the launch of its Instagram account.

Helen Oliver’s entry was one of 20 photos chosen by an independent panel of judges to be displayed at the Trust’s five-year anniversary event at the House of Commons.

Helen, Director and Client Support Manager at Happy Times and group member Caren Crosse, who was featured in the photo, had the chance to see their photo alongside the other winner’s when the attended the celebration event on Thursday.

The competition was open to anyone who is, or has been, involved in a project funded by the Trust.

Social Enterprise Happy Times received £33,700 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery.

The funding has been used to support Quiet Times, a project that provides a relaxing and stimulating environment for adults with disabilities to enjoy activities, which they have each helped to design.

Helen said: “I was so excited when I found out the photo of our project was one of the 20 winners of People’s Health Trust’s competition, and to be able to take Caren along to see her own photo displayed at the House of Commons is my real highlight.

“Using funding from the Trust, we have run Quiet Times for 18 months and it has been magical, and made such a positive difference to members’ lives.

“The Trust is now funding our project for another two years, which is great news for our community and our new activity centre.”

In the last five years, over £80million has been raised by 51 society lotteries, through The Health Lottery. Over 2,300 projects have been supported, helping more than 400,000 people across Great Britain.

The Trust believes that giving local communities greater control over what happens in their neighbourhood is key to creating new and stronger relationships, improving confidence and a greater sense of belonging.

People’s Health Trust Chief Executive John Hume said: “Well done to all of our winners; their photos really capture what is at the heart of their projects.

“We are delighted with the response to our competition. It has been a fantastic way to mark the launch of our Instagram account and help us to celebrate our fifth anniversary.”

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Notes to editors

People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each Community Interest Company, distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.

HealthFit is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, Salford. www.HealthFitcic.co.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

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