Slough amateur photographer wins national competition

17 October 2016

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

Marissa Di-Bartolomeo also won a brand new camera after coming first the competition run by People’s Health Trust.

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

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

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

Marissa coordinates club activities the Social Club at the Destiny Café, which has been funded by the Trust twice for a total of four years.

The weekly social club gives members the chance to take part in a number of activities including; arts and crafts, bowling and table football.

As the project has progressed, members have begun to shape the activities to meet their specific needs.

Destiny Support CIC has received £82,497 via two consecutive grants from People’s Health Trust – using money raised by HealthConfirm through The Health Lottery.

Marissa’s said: “I am delighted to have won People’s Health’s Trust’s photo competition.

“Funding from People’s Health Trust has helped us expand our work in the community and enable us to continue our very special social club.”

Two other Chalvey-based groups, funded by the Trust, were also in the top twenty winner – Wholesome Living for Women and Diversity House.

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. In the last five years, over

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: “Congratulations to Sue, her photo really captures what is at the heart of Destiny Support CIC and is a worthy winner.

“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.

HealthConfirm is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Wokingham, West Berkshire, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and Bracknell Forest. www.healthconfirm.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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