Doorstep portraits raising money for local charities

Doorstep portraits raising money for local charities

Published at 1:11pm 11th May 2020.

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Two professional photographers in Amesbury and Downton are taking snapshots of life in lockdown to support the Stars Appeal and Julia's House.

Simon Ward, pictured above, has launched Doorstep Snaps after being inspired by a London-based photographer who started a similar project last month.


Simon, who has taken a temporary job delivering for Tesco during the coronavirus pandemic whilst his studio has closed, has told Spire FM it's a simple scheme.

"I take a portrait shot of a people, their family or their household in exchange for a donation to the Stars Appeal, Julia's House, or both. 

Due to the current lockdown restrictions I can only offer this to people living in SP1, SP2 or SP4 postcodes and I'd take their snaps during my exercise time or to/from my Tesco shifts.  People simply visit my website, click the link to the Justgiving page for Stars Appeal or Julia's House and then email me once they've made their donation."

Simon Ward Photograpy Doorstep snaps
A picture to mark lockdown and to help raise vital funds for two great causes.

The snaps will be taken sticking to the social distancing guidance of keeping 2 metres apart.

Jenny Smith who inspired the project in the capital, has raised over £8,000 for Refuge.

Simon says he's not quite expecting to reach that level!

"My target is a rather modest £250 for each charity but I'd love to raise much much more.  I've not asked for a minimum donation, I just ask that people donate what they can comfortably afford."

"This is one of our ways of saying thank you to all the fantastic staff at Salisbury District Hospital and Julia's House."

You can find more details on his website -


Meanwhile Downton photographer Kayleigh Savage is also snapping people outside their homes.

"At a time of year where I would normally be busy photographing weddings, I find myself at a loose end! So I decided to put a positive spin on the current situation and offer families the opportunity to get an up to date family photo, by simply photographing them on their doorstep! I hope it also provides them with a lasting memory of what we as a country have gone through and can look back on it for years to come. "

Melanie Smith and her family
Melanie Smith and her family pictured outside their Downton home.

Kayleigh has already snapped lots of local families as well as the team at Giant Steps Nursery.

Staff Giant Steps Nursery
The "wonderful ladies" from Giant Steps who continue to work to look after key worker children.

Kayleigh's asking for a £5 minimum donation for the photo which goes towards the Stars Appeal.

So far over £100 has been raised for the hospital charity via her JustGiving page


If you want your picture snapped drop Kayleigh a message via her Facebook page- Kayleigh Young Photography - and she'll plan a route on a weekend to take the pictures.

The project was initially just for Downton residents but Kayleigh is now opening it up to people in Redlynch, Woodfalls, Morgans Vale and Hale.

Like Simon, Kayleigh will be sticking to that all important 2 metre rule.

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