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Yappy Holidays! Charitable Students Raise Funds for Dogs Trust

A PAW-SOME £320 was raised for the Dogs Trust by Newcastle College students following a Christmas-themed pet photoshoot.

    Following on from the success of last year’s doggy photoshoot, kind-hearted Level 3 BTEC Photography students Maddison Martin, Alecia Ibinson, Leah Bates once again organised a pet photoshoot, inviting people to bring along their furry friends to have their picture taken in exchange for a no obligation donation to the charity.

    More than 40 dogs came ready for their close up on the day of the shoot with pet owners given the option to purchase digital prints and additional snow globes and personalised baubles which proved a big hit and helped the charitable trio almost double the amount raised last year.

    Organiser, Maddison, said: “I am beyond thrilled with how well the event went. After an exhausting day of shooting, once I got to look through the photos I realised what a success it had been and I loved every single photo.

    “It’s given me the passion to want to open up a dedicated studio specialising in pet and portrait photography one day.”

    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.

    “The students arranged everything from advertising, posters and social media posts to communicating with staff and the general public and compiling risk assessments with technicians and staff.

    “The students were also responsible for editing and sending the prints and Christmas products so they had a lot to do but they handled it all brilliantly and the event was a huge success.”

    The Dogs Trust 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.