A Teesside-based print and marketing company has been raising money for one of the region’s best-known charities – with a little help from budding photographers.
At the end of last year, AlphaGraphics North East, which is based in Stockton, asked people across the region to submit photos for inclusion in its 2022 calendar, with all funds raised going toward the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
It was the first in a number of events the firm has planned to raise money for the charity this year, which also include taking part in the Great North Run and other endurance events, along with clothing donations.
AlphaGraphics North East director Sean Costigan said: “The air ambulance is an amazing charity that receives no government funding, so we wanted to play our part in supporting it – after all, any one of us could need its help.
“We have raised nearly £2,000 for the service since we started supporting them as our chosen charity in December 2020, and our photography competition has raised awareness of its work and highlighted the beauty of the North East at the same time.
“Along with the rest of our plans for the coming year, we’re confident we’ll smash last year’s fundraising total.”
The 12 best submissions have now been chosen for inclusion in the calendar, with Jenn Brown’s shot of Roseberry Topping being chosen as the ultimate winner. Jenn visited the AlphaGraphics factory to see the calendar be printed, where she was also presented with her prize of an Amazon gift voucher and a copy of the calendar by Sean.
Julie Jameson, corporate fundraising officer at GNAAS, added: “It’s always lovely to see local businesses getting involved and working to raise funds for our life-saving service, and we appreciate everyone involved for their time and effort.
“It was also the perfect opportunity to see some wonderful photographs of the entire North East region, with Jenn’s shot being a particular highlight – well done.
“We can’t wait to see what other exciting fundraising ideas the team come up with this year.”