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Round-of-a-paws for charitable Level 3 Photography students

Kind-hearted students at Newcastle College raised £177.07 for the Dogs Trust with their Christmas-themed pet photoshoot.

Level 3 BTEC Photography students Maddison Martin, Alecia Ibinson, Leah Bates and Alex Johnston organised the free photoshoot back in December, inviting people to bring along their furry friends to have their picture taken in exchange for a no obligation donation to the charity.

Organiser, Maddison, said: “Putting this event on was not easy, what with combing through emails and organising appointments, compiling risk assessments and handling the advertising, there was a lot to do and I just hoped it would run smoothly on the day.

“After an exhausting day of shooting, once I got to look through the photos I realised how well it went and I loved every single photo. It all came together in the end.”

When the shoot was over and donations were counted, the students sent the money raised to the Dogs Trust and they were delighted when the charity got in touch to thank them.

“They loved the photos,” continued Madison, “they also sent a certificate and thank you letter to us which really topped off the event.

“We are big dog lovers so it meant a lot to be able to raise much-needed funds for the charity and we can't wait to plan similar things in the future.”


The charity relies on much-needed donations to enable them to provide essential care, medical treatment and to help with the comfort of more than 1,400 dogs currently waiting to find their forever homes in 21 rehoming centres across the UK.

Curriculum Leader for Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography and Digital Imaging at Newcastle College, Janine Grocott, said: “The response and feedback from the staff and members of the public that attended was extremely positive and the funds raised were more than expected after the short notice of the event.

“Lead organiser, Maddison Martin, arranged everything from advertising with posters and social media posts, communicating with staff and the general public to compiling risk assessments with technicians and course staff.

“She was also responsible for scheduling the responsibilities with her team, styling the shoot, editing the prints and sending digital files.

“Even with everything that went into organising the event, it was a huge success and the students are now looking at organising more themed events, possibly towards Valentine’s Day and Easter."

Take a look at our gallery of pups who featured in our ‘Dog a Day’ throughout December.