Photographer’s charity help

Atherton photographer Paul Heaton (centre) and fellow employees at Belmont Packaging with a cheque for Wigan and Leigh Hospice raised through his photographic slideshows and exhibitions
Atherton photographer Paul Heaton (centre) and fellow employees at Belmont Packaging with a cheque for Wigan and Leigh Hospice raised through his photographic slideshows and exhibitions

A PHOTOGRAPHER is putting his skills with a shutter to good use by organising exhibitions of his images to raise money for charity.

Paul Heaton, from Atherton, has been arranging slideshows of his pictures at the town’s Belong village, with his latest raising cash for Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WALH).

Paul, 52, was introduced to photography by his brother almost four years ago and quickly realised he had a talent for shooting memorable images.

Paul, who works at Belmont Packaging in Hindley Green, based his latest exhibition on industry around Leigh but has also ventured further afield taking pictures of historical sites, tourist attractions and wildlife.

Friend and work colleague Lee Blakeley, 23, said: “For the latest slideshow he talked us through all the different industries, how they had affected the economy and what the machinery was used for.

“It’s a great way to raise money for charity and he takes some cracking photos. He travels around Wigan’s parks capturing his surroundings, he’s really good at what he does.” Paul’s most recent exhibition raised £130 for the Hindley-based hospice, while other fund-raising efforts include an exhibition for specialist cancer hospital The Christie and making calendars of his pictures to be sold for charity. His photography has become more technically advanced after buying a state-of-the-art DSLR camera.

Paul, who lives at Belong in Atherton, enjoys travelling to find new subjects for his photography, while Lee says some of his best work has been inspired by the natural world.

He said: “One of his proudest achievements is a picture of a little robin perched on a rock, and he’s captured the image at exactly the right time.

“The next slideshow he’s doing is about aerospace, he’s going to visit museums and talk about how Britain helped missions to the moon and the engineering which is behind going into space.”