A CANCER-surviving creative photographer from Horsham is four-fifths of the way towards his £200,000 fundraising target for a children’s charity.
Steve Gubbins, who runs his own photography business in Warnham, was diagnosed with kidney cancer about 15 years ago after also spending ten days in the Priory with depression.
At one point he was given a bed by St Catherine’s Hospice, but he battled through it and is now raising money for The Children’s Trust, based at Surrey’s Tadworth Court.
He said: “The charity has absolutely fabulous people, new buildings and has now expanded offerings to life limited children. It is heart wrenching.”
The trust provides care, education, therapy and rehabilitation to children with multiple disabilities, complex health needs and acquired brain injury as well as funding research into better treatment.
Steve has donated a family photographic sitting and framed portrait at many of the charity’s fundraising auctions such as the upcoming Sensational Spring Ball in March, the Mad Hatters Ball in May, a race night at Sandown Park in July and a dinner at the House of Commons.
Ruth Hasselhurst, special events coordinator at Tadworth House, said: “It’s great to see such commitment. Steve has contributed to the charity for a number of years with his exceptional photographic gifts being much appreciated by the Trust and the winners at auction have all been very pleased with their pictures.”
Steve is also happy to share his experiences with people suffering through similarly difficult times. “Clients say ‘thank goodness I have got someone to talk to’,” he explained.
He describes a portraiture as a large cake with a lot of ingredients, ascribing his success to being able to elicit a similar expression through a whole range of people. He holds two European Kodak Gold Awards from almost 30 years of photography.
He added: “Its not a job its more like a vocation, something you find liking. It has taken over my life.”
For more information visit www.stevegubbins.co.uk or call Steve on 01403 264777 or visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk