FOUR photography students at the University of Chester held a charity event in the Forum Shopping Centre in Chester to raise money for a children’s cancer charity.

Ciara Taylor, Alice Collumbell, Jess McKay, and Harriet Sharp hosted the event in aid of The Joshua Tree on Friday (March 22) as part of their Collaborative Practice exhibition module.

The Joshua Tree is a charity operating across the North West and North Wales dedicated to working closely with the families affected by childhood cancers.

Alice said: “We chose to focus our exhibition on something that could help others, which is why we chose The Joshua Tree.”

Alongside the exhibition they held a bake sale and raffle which raised more than £189.76 for the charity.

The theme of their exhibition was “What is charity to you?”. The students exhibited photographs and film work which explored individual feelings about charity and its importance.

To answer the question and reflect the theme, Jess created A1 sized images made from photographed letters found from around Chester which spelt out “What Does Charity Mean To You?” The letters were accompanied by collages made from items bought from charity shops.

Jess said: “It was a great experience that we will take forward. It allowed us to work in a professional manner.”

Their tutor, Deputy Head of the Department of Art and Design, Tracy Piper-Wright, said: “Their dedication to The Joshua Tree foundation went above and beyond just making work for their module, and I am incredibly proud of their efforts to raise money and awareness for such an important cause.”