A PHOTOGRAPHER whose work dried up in lockdown raised thousands of pounds for disadvantaged children and united her community by taking portraits of her neighbours.
Hayley Kirk, who is usually rushed off her feet snapping guests at around 30 weddings a year, decided to put her spare time during lockdown to good use and raised £3,331 for Hallam FM’s Cash for Kids appeal.
The wedding photographer began fundraising when her bookings for 2020 dried up overnight due to the first lockdown.
Hayley (35), of Waverley Walk, Waverley, decided to take doorstep portraits during her daily exercise routine and initially raised £1,515 for the radio station’s appeal.
The fundraising was so successful Hayley decided to take more doorstep portraits during the second lockdown in November.
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And it inspired Hayley, who has been working as a photographer for 12 years, to do something special for Christmas.
She set up a winter wonderland, complete with Christmas trees and a snow machine, on her front garden and for four days she invited neighbours to visit to have their portraits taken.
“Within ten minutes of announcing it on Facebook, it was fully booked up,” she said.
“Not only has it raised money for a very good charity but it’s brought our community closer together.
“It’s made memories and the fact everyone has been commenting on each others’ photos shows how much of a lovely community we have here at Waverley.
“I think its been a lovely ending to 2020 and one that everyone will remember.”
Hayley, who had originally set a fundraising target of £200, had so many bookings for her winter wonderland portraits that she plans to set it up again this year to catch up on those who missed out.
“It’s amazing to raise so much for the appeal — hopefully I can raise that again next year,” she said.