Middleton amateur photographer has image showcased at the House of Commons

18 October 2016

A resident from Middleton, Manchester, 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.

Mal McCall’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.

Mal, a Trustee at Demesne Community Association, had the chance to see her photo alongside the other winner’s when she 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.

Demesne Community Association received £46,997 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthSustain through The Health Lottery.

Funding has been used to support Time to Play, a project providing afterschool activities, a weekend club and a programme of school holiday activities for local children.

Activities include arts and crafts, dance and drama, sports, cooking and homework support.

Mal said: “Being one of the 20 winners of People’s Health Trust’s photo competition is fantastic.

“We’re really grateful to funding from the Trust. Children and their families are really involved in shaping the project – from volunteering to planning activities.”

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.

HealthSustain is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Tameside, Wigan, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham. www.healthsustaincic.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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