Snap to it and help hospice renovation

Hospice staff encouraging Wiganers to take part in the photography competition
Hospice staff encouraging Wiganers to take part in the photography competition

Artistic Wiganers are being asked to submit their finest shots of the borough’s landmarks for a leading local charity’s renovation project.

Anyone with a keen eye and a steady hand on the shutter can enter the photography competition being launched by Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH) founded in

Low winter sun over Pennington Flash, Leigh

Low winter sun over Pennington Flash, Leigh

1983.

Backed by the Wigan Evening Post, the Hindley-based charity wants original, high-quality artwork to adorn the walls of its in-patient unit, which is currently being transformed to make it dementia-friendly.

Large pictures of well-known sights from around Wigan and Leigh will make the Kildare Street headquarters easier for people suffering from the memory-loss condition to navigate and also stimulate reminiscence.

Building work to modernise the in-patient unit, one of the hospice’s largest refurbishment schemes in 20 years, is well under way and expected to be finished in September.

The Alzheimer’s Society says taking a trip down memory lane can help relatives and friends communicate with a loved one suffering from dementia and also boost the patient’s wellbeing. Pictures can be of any location within the borough, whether that is a famous spot or simply a local gem which the photographer feels has been unfairly overlooked.

Once all the entries are in a selection will be displayed at WLH for staff, patients and volunteers to pick the People’s Choice winners, with a panel of judges also helping to make the final selection. The winning images will be displayed either on the in-patient unit, which will also be colour coded and upgraded with new lighting, signs and furniture, or throughout the hospice.