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Anne Gray from The Heather Trust - Head Shot Business Profile

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Hi Anne, can you tell us about yourself and what inspired you to live and work in the Scottish Borders?

I am the Director of The Heather Trust which is a small charity operating across Great Britain that promotes good practice in moorland management.  I’m lucky to be able to work from home.  Apart from a spell of about 9 years in Edinburgh in my late teens and 20s, I’ve always lived in the Borders and can’t imagine being anywhere else.

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Which part of your job do you feel most passionate about?

Promoting land management practices that allow people to make a living and that are also good for nature, carbon storage and water management is really important to me.  The challenge to do better for the environment is vitally important and something everyone needs to embrace.  I hope I’m doing something to help.

What tips would you give to someone starting out in your industry ? 

You need a solid grounding in environmental science and policy, but you also need to spend time with farmers, gamekeepers and everyone else that makes a living from the land.  Their experience and perspective is worth listening to..

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Who do you admire most in the world and why?

I admire people who keep going for their goals no matter what gets thrown in their way.  Some people just seem to be made of very strong stuff.  Most recently the young motor racing driver Billy Monger who lost his legs in a horrific crash and is making a comeback to pursue his dream of becoming a F1 champion seems to personify that.  His whole attitude to recovery has blown me away.

Do you have a favourite quote that you turn to for inspiration?

Theodore Roosevelt said “A nation that destroys its soils, destroys itself” and there is nothing surer I’m afraid. Soil, water, climate are our life support system and we really will hit the buffers if we don’t get a better handle on keeping them in good health.

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What is the biggest challenge you face in running a charity?

Maintaining funding to let us do what we do is a constant challenge. 

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I’m not sure any day is typical.  Some days I’m in my office at home all day catching up on paperwork, reading the latest science or policy document or producing a Heather Trust response to a latest government position.  Some days I am out at meetings and others I spend the whole day outside with a moor owner or manager.  The variety is great.

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How will you used your headshots and how do you feel they have/will benefit/ed your business?

They will be used on our website, in our annual report and to illustrate articles I write for other magazines and publications. People seem to remember images better than words, so if you want people to take notice of what you write, a good accompanying images seems to be the thing that will make your words memorable.  I hope so anyway.

What are your future plans?

For now, to keep doing what I am doing and ensure The Heather Trust goes from strength to strength.

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Princess for a day - reportage photography for Cash for Kids, Radio Borders

Kid's photographer Sarah documented the Radio Borders Cash for Kids day at Wedderburn Castle.

It’s every little girl’s dream to be a princess and for Sarah and Emily Macleod (aged 5 and 3) it became a reality last week when they were treated like royalty at Wedderburn Castle. A day of pampering and being treated like a princess was their prize in the Radio Borders Cash for Kids charity auction. The winning bidder was dad Ross, who bought it for his five year old daughter Sarah. However, when everyone involved in the auction heard that Ross had two daughters, who had tragically lost their mum, one princess became two and Emily joined her sister at Wedderburn Castle.

Radio Borders Cash for Kids manager, Candy Rafferty, said: “One of the radio presenters happened to know him (Ross), and told me that he had two daughters and tragically his wife had died, so they didn’t have a mum. I phoned the owners of Wedderburn who immediately said they would be very happy to have an extra princess. I phoned the dressmaker who immediately said she would design two dresses. I phoned the hairdresser... Same story.

“It’s just such a lovely example of the generosity of Borders people, and as the charity manager at Radio borders Cash for Kids, I am blown away by it every single day.

On arriving at the castle for a day, Sarah and Emily were greeted in regal style and escorted to the Wedderburn’s grandest chamber, where they had their hair styled and were fitted out with tiaras and princess outfits from ‘A Perfect Fit’ in Coldstream.

Attending the princesses were Brian Rafferty, Royal Warrant holder and hairdresser to HRH the Queen when she is in Scotland, and a dressmaker, lady-in-waiting and courtiers from Radio Borders and Wedderburn Castle.

Amongst the princesses’ royal duties was the official opening of Wedderburn Barns, a new rustic party and wedding venue in the former Georgian stables at Wedderburn Castle. The princesses cut the ribbon on the barns, toured the premises and had official photographs taken at the castle and barns by Pictorial Photography.

Other official engagements included sealing documents and letters at the grand dining room table at Wedderburn and inspecting the castle and grounds to ensure that all is in order. Lunch for the princesses included a selection of special cupcakes designed especially for the day by Borders Cakes and Cupcakes.

A horse-drawn carriage ride around the ground of the castle finished off their day, courtesy of the Cornhill Carriage Company. Then after spending the day being treated like royalty in the castle, it was back to reality for the two girls.

Cash for Kids is the official charity of Radio Borders and provides a helping hand to children around the Scottish Borders and north Northumberland. They are currently running their Christmas Mission to help the thousands of children in poverty who would otherwise wake up to a Christmas without presents this year. They’re asking you to buy just one extra present this year - new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people or make a cash donation online, in person or over the phone.

Read more at: http://www.berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/the-cash-for-kids-charity-1-3197082

Dogs Trust Event

Today I photographed a Dogs Trust event where local residents could have their dogs chipped  or vaccinated at The Swan Centre in Berwick.  The photography is to be used for Dogs Trust public relations and social media.

Cash for Kids cashmere scarf design with Sinclair Duncan and Radio Borders

In February I was commissioned by Radio Borders to photograph various models wearing a pretty cashmere scarf, I was intrigued by why the radio station was promoting scarfs for Valentines and Mothers Day so when I heard that Sinclair Duncan had been making limited editions, designed by a local school girl and that all the profits were going to Cash for Kids (a borders children's charity) I was very keen to be involved.

Here is the story behind the scarfs.

In late 2015, Sinclair Duncan asked 70 Primary and Secondary schools in the Scottish Borders were invited to enter a competition. They asked them to design a scarf for a local charity "Cash for Kids." The scarf would be 100% cashmere and it would be made in Scotland by Sinclair Duncan.

Sales and Marketing Director at Sinclair Duncan, Debbie Paterson, announced the winner live on the radio at the winner's school assembly: 'The entries received were of such a high standard, but there was one that stood out for all of us. The careful choice of colour and contemporary design shows a talent beyond her years.' Little did the winner (9 year-old Eve McKenzie from Knowepark Primary School in Selkirk) know what an impact sales from her scarf would have on her community:

All profits of the scarves would go to the charity and the profits ensured that:

7 children children snuggled up in their own bed for the first time.

3 autistic children can play in specially adapted safe places.

1000 children woke up to gifts at Christmas of 2015.

45 children will have warm clothes and shoes.

A family can sit down to warm cooked meals.


Here is Eve getting ready to model the scarf.

CLICK HERE to watch the video showing some of the manufacturing process of the winning scarf and also, proud Eve showing off her amazing talent.

These scarfs are limited edition and are bound to sell out fast, remember all profits from every scarf in this design goes to local children's charity Cash For Kids, CLICK HERE to buy now. 

Even Lorraine has one (not my photo, Lorraine took her own selfie, cheers hen)

Here is one of the Valentines themed photographs

Here's a couple of the Mothers Day themed shots

 

 

Remember, the scarfs are limited edition and selling out fast, ALL of the profits from every scarf in this design goes to local children's charity Cash For Kids, CLICK HERE to buy a lovely scarf. 

 


Well done Eve!!!