Jake Snowling’s talents live on in 2015 charity calendar

Jake Snowling with his photography exhibition ANL-140412-100457001
Jake Snowling with his photography exhibition ANL-140412-100457001

When teenager Jake Snowling became ill with cancer, photography was one of the many interests he was able throw his passion into.

Jake, of Redgrave, died in March aged 16 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in November 2011.

And now his talents will live on in a 2015 calendar, which will raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices - the charity which supported Jake and his family during his illness.

The calendar, the idea of his Hartismere School photography teacher Lisa Gates, will feature a selection of his pictures she has chosen, representing each month.

Mrs Gates said: “Jake was always a keen photographer.

“When he started missing school because of his illness he started doing extra photography courses.

“He used to pop in and we used to look through his photographs. It led to an exhibition of his work at the school.”

Mrs Gates said Jake was very much inspired by the landscape around him. His subject matter included the rural Suffolk landscape, the Suffolk coast, and also some of the flora that adorns it. Mrs Gates said producing the calendar was an obvious idea.

She said: “The calendar is amazing. It really represents the sheer quality of Jake’s photographs.”

His father, Mark Snowling, said: “The calendar is brilliant and it is nice for us as well to give a little bit back to EACH.

“They did a lot for us.”

The Snowling family has already sold 60-70 of the calendars.

Hartismere School is printing and selling limited numbers of the calendars to the school’s community, with all profits of the £5 selling price going to EACH. The school has raised about £350 so far.