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Nurse Barbara Columbine and Matron Julie Huttley officially launch the Trinity Hospice photographic competition.
Nurse Barbara Columbine and Matron Julie Huttley officially launch the Trinity Hospice photographic competition.
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Bosses at Trinity Hospice are today launching a photographic competition which will help decorate the walls at the new-look hospice.

A number of photographs have been put on to a canvass to enhance the hospice as part of a massive refurbishment The Gazette is helping to fund through its Hospice Heroes campaign.

And the hospice, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, is hoping Gazette readers will get involved and submit photographs of Fylde coast scenes to fill an empty canvass.

Trinity matron Julie Huttley said: “This is a really intrinsic part of the refurbishment and the new environment we are trying to create.

“These photographs will help enhance the environment for people – it will give patients something to look at and will help open up conversation.”

Facilities manager Simon Hellawell added: “A lot of research shows that images like this enhance the healing process. They produce physical changes in patients as well as psychological benefits.”

The competition is for photographs of scenes from across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

All photos will be judged by a panel including Julie, Simon, local photographer Jason Connolly and The Gazette’s own snapper Daniel Martino.

Julie added: “This is a very exciting project for us.

“It’s nice to be able to involve the community and let it have some input into the way it looks.”

Simon said entries would not be judged on the photographers’ qualifications.

“We will be looking at what fits in with the new designs at Trinity and the photos that we already have,” he said.

“We’re also really interested in why these photographs were taken – what inspired the photographer to take that particular picture, or is there a story behind that spot on the Fylde coast?”

Images would be preferred in colour and should be emailed to

The original photograph should be a minimum of 12 megapixels, but files should be resized to three megabytes to be emailed.

The photos should not include identifiable faces and entries must be accompanied by a 100-word explanation of the inspiration or story behind the photograph.

All entries should be received by February 28, ready for judging in March.