Photographer’s raises cash for Sophie’s Appeal

FOCUSED Photographer Anouska Hanlon raised cash by selling pictures of families at the Christmas tree in Gosport High Street.  Picture: 'Sarah Standing (114266-4445)
FOCUSED Photographer Anouska Hanlon raised cash by selling pictures of families at the Christmas tree in Gosport High Street. Picture: 'Sarah Standing (114266-4445)
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PHOTOGRAPHER Anouska Hanlon has raised hundreds of pounds for a teenage girl’s cancer charity fund.

The 32-year-old set up a stand in front of the Christmas tree in Gosport’s High Street on Sunday to take family portraits for £10.

And the £200 she took on the day will go to Sophie’s Appeal, in aid of 14-year-old Sophie Wearn, from Copnor, Portsmouth, who suffers from a rare type of bone cancer.

Anouska said: ‘I’m glad we managed to raise that much money. Hundreds of people said they were going to turn up but sadly only 10 per cent of those actually did, which was a bit disappointing. But at least we managed to raise something. The idea is to be able to buy some things for the kids at the teenage cancer ward where Sophie stays. Hopefully more people will donate online now instead.’

Sophie is currently undergoing another round of chemotherapy after having an operation to try to remove the cancer from her leg.

Family and friends have rallied around her to raise money for the Starfish ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital and the Piam Brown ward at Southampton General Hospital, where she has been treated.

They want to buy items for the wards for the benefit of the youngsters there.

To donate, visit sophiesappeal.com