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An award-winning Swaffham photographer has been offering a free doorstep service during the pandemic to raise funds for a mental health charity.

Maddie Parker, 23, has been capturing families at their homes in Swaffham and surrounding areas including Necton, Narborough, Marham and Pentney, and has been accepting donations for the Samaritans.

Having set up her own photography studio at the age of 18, Miss Parker has clients in places such as Lincolnshire, Peterborough and Great Yarmouth, as well as locally. She has even had requests to travel to France and Spain in the past.

Maddie Parker is pictured after being named the Wedding Photographer of the Year for the East in 2019. Picture: Shepherd Photography
Maddie Parker is pictured after being named the Wedding Photographer of the Year for the East in 2019. Picture: Shepherd Photography

Due to being unable to provide her regular studio service due to the coronavirus, the former Nicholas Hamond Academy student thought she would offer a free doorstep photography service instead.

Miss Parker said: "I wanted to give back to the community who have supported my business for the last five-and-a-half-years, and there is no better way than doing it for free. All I have been asking is that residents donate to my chosen charity, the Samaritans.

"It's a fantastic cause as everyone can relate to having a wobble in their lifetime at some point, whether that is anxiety, depression or financial struggle for example."

An example of Maddie Parker's free doorstep photography service in aid of the Samaritans during the pandemic. Picture: Maddie Parker Photography
An example of Maddie Parker's free doorstep photography service in aid of the Samaritans during the pandemic. Picture: Maddie Parker Photography

She continued: "I did not think it would be this popular, some people want the reminder of this period as it's going to be history, and we will definitely look back on the year we had to stay in for weeks and weeks.

"They are nice candid photos of people together in the household, and it's important to capture that it's all about having fun, as well as capturing this milestone."

Miss Parker initially set a modest fundraising target of £50 for the Samaritans, and has already raised more than £200 for the cause on her Just Giving page.

An example of Maddie Parker's free doorstep photography service in aid of the Samaritans during the pandemic. Picture: Maddie Parker Photography
An example of Maddie Parker's free doorstep photography service in aid of the Samaritans during the pandemic. Picture: Maddie Parker Photography

After studying photography for her A-Levels, Miss Parker has since gone on to be named the Wedding Photographer of the Year at the 2019 English Wedding Awards at a ceremony in Birmingham, having already been named the winner for the East.

Speaking about her passion for her craft, Miss Parker said: "I was really lucky in that I always knew what I wanted to do. I would often be pulled out of lessons at school to take photos as they all knew that I loved photography.

"After school, I went on to college at Fakenham then set up my own studio in Swaffham. It may have seemed a crazy idea as I was only 18 at the time but I have never looked back. It's just lovely how it has developed more and more. Every day is different.

"Obviously Covid-19 has changed people's view on it [photography] and are more inclined to capture moments. I think there will be a bigger appreciation of it, more than before."

An example of Maddie Parker's free doorstep photography service in aid of the Samaritans during the pandemic. Picture: Maddie Parker Photography
An example of Maddie Parker's free doorstep photography service in aid of the Samaritans during the pandemic. Picture: Maddie Parker Photography

As well as raising funds for charity through her free doorstep photography, Miss Parker has also been making fabric face masks as a way of supporting the community at this challenging time.

She hailed the community spirit in Swaffham during the pandemic, and said it proved why it is "such a lovely area to live in".

Miss Parker's chosen charity, the Samaritans is dedicated to suicide prevention and offers a listening and support service to people and communities in times of need.

The 24-hour service can be called for free seven days a week on 116 123.

If you would like to donate to the Samaritans via Miss Parker's fundraising page, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/maddie-parker-photography .

Visit www.samaritans.org for more information on the charity.



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