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Photographer’s charity challenge raises £5,834 for prostate cancer research

12:00 07 January 2013

Angela Sharpe handing over her fundraising cheque to Chris Carter, Community Fundraising Executive for Prostate Cancer UK

Angela Sharpe handing over her fundraising cheque to Chris Carter, Community Fundraising Executive for Prostate Cancer UK

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A Norfolk photographer has thanked people for their “amazing” support of her charity photography marathon after reaching a fundraising total of £5,834 for Prostate Cancer UK.

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Angela Sharpe completed an emotional challenge to take 10,000 photos in 100 days last year in memory of her father Michael Jolly, who died at the age of 69 following a three-year battle with prostate cancer.

The former EDP photographer displayed a selection of 100 of the images at the Forum in Norwich in October to raise money for the charity, which supports men with prostate cancer and funds research into the disease.

The exhibition comprised a miscellany of Norfolk life ranging from farm animals, market scenes, landscapes, candid shots of her own family and portraits of people who had been receiving treatment for prostate cancer.

The 34-year-old from Winfarthing, near Diss, raised the money through donations, by auctioning off a signed photo of former Norwich City player Adam Drury which she took at his testimonial match last year, and by selling about 60 of the prints from her exhibition.

After completing the challenge, she presented a cheque to Chris Carter, community fundraising executive for Prostate Cancer UK.

“It was amazing really,” she said. “I was blown away by how much I got. I never thought in a million years it would be so much – I was hoping for about £1,000. I thought that would be good total.

“The charity was really impressed, and they said they do not often get large amounts like that. It was the first year they had run their ‘10,000 Challenge’ and they said they might like to use my challenge to help promote the idea in future, which I’m very happy to do.”

The freelance photographer said the mammoth challenge had given her new inspiration in her work.

“I have had a bit of a break, but I think it has inspired me to go out and try different kinds of photography again,” she said.

“I took so many different photos for the challenge, and got some really good results. People have asked whether I will be trying a 20,000 challenge next – but the answer is no!”

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