Photoshoot brings festive cheer to sick children

December 21 2018
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Children with life-limiting conditions were treated to a little bit of Christmas magic with a Santa photoshoot, lead by Portishead businesswoman Katie Forshaw.

Alongside Bristol photographer Denny Wong, Katie was one of  more than 110 other creatives from across the globe to volunteer her time at a local hospital to create holiday-themed portraits for the sick children. 

It was part of the Christmas Wish campaign, run by The Heart Project - a volunteer organisation dedicated to improving families lives through creativity.

Now in its third year, the campaign staged a series of events capturing out-of-this-world Christmas portraits of over 200 children stuck in hospital during ‘the most wonderful time of the year’.

The project, which has gained media attention from the likes of CNN and Buzzfeed, assembled volunteers across 10 cities worldwide who photographed children on green screen and then surprised them with finished portraits that showcased them in a magical Christmas scene with Santa.

Portraits of the campaign's recipients were released in a global event, December 12, 2018.

The UK team, headed by Katie and Denny, went into Charlton Farm in Wraxall, part of the Children's South West Hospice charities. The charity provides care and support to families living in the South West, who have children with life-limiting conditions. 

Charlton Farm opens its doors once a month for people to see why their support is vital. To book a place, visit www.chsw.org.uk/opendays. For more information about the Heart Project, visit: heartproject.smugmug.com.