Photo shoot will raise cash for brave Sophie

Left to right. Becky Taylor (31), Alfie Saunders (3), Cameron Taylor - brother (12), Sophie Wearn (14), Shannon Wearn - sister (16), mum Sarah Taylor (34), brother Lucas Taylor (4) and Anouska Hanlon (32)
Left to right. Becky Taylor (31), Alfie Saunders (3), Cameron Taylor - brother (12), Sophie Wearn (14), Shannon Wearn - sister (16), mum Sarah Taylor (34), brother Lucas Taylor (4) and Anouska Hanlon (32)

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MOST people like posing for a photo.

Now you can enjoy getting your picture taken while raising cash in aid of a 14-year-old girl who’s fighting cancer.

Photographer Anouska Hanlon is holding a charity photo shoot tomorrow to raise money for Sophie’s Appeal.

Sophie Wearn, of Highgate Road, Copnor, has osteosarcoma, a rare type of cancer mostly found in teenagers.

For £10, Anouska will take a family snap in front of the Christmas tree in Gosport’s town centre and all profits will go to the appeal.

Anouska said: ‘I knew Sophie’s aunt and when she told me what had happened I wanted to do something and within an hour I had a plan to do a charity photo shoot.

‘I’m a bit nervous about it as there is going to be a lot of people but it will be great.

‘I’d like people to bring along Christmas hats or anything they want to make the photos a little more festive.’

Anouska set up a Facebook group inviting people to the event and already 204 people have said they will turn up.

As reported in The News, family and friends rallied around Sophie to raise money for the Piam Brown ward at Southampton General Hospital and the Starfish ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital, which have both helped her.

Sophie is now in hospital for another round of chemotherapy before Christmas.

Her mum, 34-year-old Sarah Taylor, said: ‘It’s a shame we can’t be there for the photo shoot but the whole thing is just absolutely amazing.

‘I am overwhelmed by all the support. Sophie really wants to raise money for the teenage unit and for some sensory equipment for special needs patients.

‘When she can help other people it makes her feel better.’

Anouska Hanlon and her team will be in front of the Christmas tree in Gosport’s town centre from 10am until 4pm tomorrow.

To help keep costs down and make sure more money goes to the appeal, you can choose to have your photograph e-mailed to you. Alternatively you can collect a printed version from various locations – including The News’ office in Gosport’s High Street.