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Heathfield photographer’s portrait competition helps children with cancer

5th March 2019


An award-winning Sussex photographer has come up with a novel way of raising money for a local cancer charity.

Heathfield-based Sarah Tate came up with the idea of holding a children’s portrait competition which, for a donation of just £10, gives every competitor a free photo shoot and a print. Sarah is aiming to raise as much money as possible with her initiative.

After the entry deadline in late April, judges from Children with Cancer Fund, which is based in Polegate, will pick the winning portraits in each of the three age groups.

Each age group winner will receive a certificate, a 30 inch canvas of their portrait and Drusilla’s tickets for a family of four.

Sarah said: “We’ve had around 15 children take part so far and the results have been amazing so I think the judging will be very difficult. There is still time to get booked and enter.

“My sister very sadly died last year from cancer and I wanted to do something to help others affected by this terrible disease.  I came across Children with Cancer and really admire the work they do. I thought that holding a children’s portrait competition would be a perfect way to remember my sister and help others.

“An added bonus is being able to bring some joy to the entrants and their families. A session with a professional photographer might be something people haven’t thought about doing or were maybe not able to afford. The competition allows children to experience what it’s like to take part in a photo shoot and they also end up with a photo they can treasure.”

Children with Cancer was formed in 1988. The organisation raises funds to enable children with cancer and their families to take breaks to places like the Isle of Wight.

A spokesperson for the charity added: “We’re delighted that Sarah has chosen to fundraise for us in this way – offering her skills in exchange for a small donation to our charity. Sarah is an amazing, award-winning photographer and we know entrants will really love the experience of spending time with her in the studio.”

If you would like to take part in the competition, please complete the form on Sarah’s website or call 01435 862793 to book your session.


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