Harleston photographer raises £1,000 for charity with the help of picture-perfect pets
More than 30 photogenic pets and a professional photographer is what it took to raise a grand for charity.
Lisa North, 57, raised the money for a national animal charity by running a photography competition for pets from her studio in Old Market Place, Harleston.
“I wanted to do something for an animal charity in memory of our own beloved dog Cindy, who died in January,” she said.
“It destroyed me when I lost her.”
Throughout April, and as part of National Pet Month, the award-winning professional photographer gave her time free of charge to take photographs of 30 dogs and cats.
The pet’s owners donated £30 in return to the Cinnamon Trust, Mrs North’s chosen charity.
“I was attracted to the Cinnamon Trust as it highlighted the strong bond between pets and their owners,” she said.
“I’ve received a very positive response from everyone.
“We had more dogs enter then cats, which is funny as a cat actually won the competition.”
Oakwood Group senior vets Bev Woodruff and Trudy Musgrove judged the competition, with the Oakwood Veterinary Group and Harleston Pet Stores donating runners-up prizes.
The lucky winner was Joanna Pearce with her cat Zuri.
W i t h £1,000 raised, self-confessed animal lover Mrs North handed the money over to The Cinnamon Trust earlier this month.
“I try to do something charitable every year and it feel good to be making a difference,” she added.
This was not the only success for Mrs North, as a picture of a Manchester terrier won her a gold award from the Society of Photographers in its monthly competition.