Aberystwyth amateur photographer has image showcased at the House of Commons

17 October 2016

A resident from Aberystwyth 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.

Julie Thomas’ 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.

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

Julie is a Volunteer and Events Coordinator at Penparcau Community Forum, which received £335,597 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthExpect through The Health Lottery.

The funding has been awarded through the Trust’s Local Conversation programme which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their community.

Local residents spent time identifying the common concerns that affected them and together they have started to take action to make their neighbourhood an even better place to live.

One of the projects to come out of the Local Conversation in Penparcau is the redevelopment of the community hub.

Julie said: “I’m delighted to be one of the 20 winners of People’s Health Trust’s photo competition.

“Thanks to funding from the Trust, the community is inspired and mobilised like never before.”

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.

HealthExpect is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in South West Wales. www.healthexpectcic.org.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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