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Calendar benefitting Dorset’s cancer sufferers goes on sale

Dorset Cancer Calendar

DORSET Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) has unveiled its first charity calendar featuring photographs by local people.

Around 150 people submitted their snaps for the chance of appearing in Visions of Dorset 2017.

The desk calendar has now gone on sale in time for Christmas, with all proceeds going to help cancer sufferers in the county.

Ann Petrie, from Highcliffe was thrilled to learn her shot Mudeford Harbour Sunset has been chosen as the September entry in the calendar.

She said: “I was over the moon when I heard my picture had been picked. It’s lovely to see your photography in print and even better to know it will be helping to raise money for local people with cancer.

“Several of my friends have been treated for cancer recently and I know what a heavy toll it has taken on them and their families. I’m honoured to be helping Dorset Cancer Care Foundation in this way.”

Dorset Cancer Care Foundation helps people with cancer to meet the cost of everything from transport to and from hospital, to childcare and household bills.

Recent grants have paid for a new pushchair for a child undergoing chemotherapy and a short break for a terminally ill man and his wife.

DCCF has also funded an overnight treatment room at Lewis Manning Hospice in Poole and is helping Wessex Cancer Trust to set up patient support centres in Dorchester and Bournemouth.

The calendar competition was judged by Paul Collins, Head of Visuals at Deep South Media and the former picture editor of the Southern Daily Echo.

He said: “The quality of entries was very high and it was a challenge to choose just 12 and a cover image.

“However, I think the final 13 work well together and depict the changing seasons, as well as the different areas and sights of our beautiful county.”

Chris Thomas, Chairman of DCCF said: “We are so grateful to all the people who sent us their pictures.

“We now hope people will buy the calendars for their friends, workmates and loved ones. They are perfect Christmas gifts and every penny will be used to help cancer sufferers living here in Dorset.”

To order copies of the calendar priced at £7.99 each telephone: 07583 890 879 or email: info@dccf.co.uk

The other winning photographs featured in Visions of Dorset are: Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon by Mike Cowley, Spartan Surfers by Emma Grant, Christchurch Priory by Colin Lee, Corfe Castle Spring Sunrise by Richard Felwick, Durdle Door by Annie Cruickshank, Bluebell Woods by Judith Shires, Jurassic Coast by John James, Oilseed rape in bloom by Mandy Cheeseman, Reflections of Poole Quay by Maria Seager, Autumn Mists by Sarah Hobbs, Poppies of remembrance by Rachel Baker and Christmas afternoon walk by Elise Bevers.

For information on how to fundraise for DCCF, to donate to the charity, or for details of how the charity may help you, please visit www.dccf.co.uk or telephone 07593 890879.

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