I was recently approached by Colchester United and Kerseys Solicitors about starting the project 1000 Faces, but this time in Colchester, obviously I had great fun doing this in Ipswich (although stressful at times) but I was curious to find out more. After speaking with both Kerseys and Colchester Utd I found out that they both wanted to raise awareness and support the Tom Bowdidge Foundation. Tom was incredibly inspirational raising money for charity while battling with a soft tissue sarcoma, an incredibly rare and aggressive cancer, but amazingly he fought on putting others first and raising a more than impressive £170,000.
I will be holding several shoots at Colchester Utd’s ground with the first being on Saturday 24th at the home game against Leyton Orient, the aim is to photograph 1000 people over this project with Kerseys putting £1,000 into the Tom Bowdidge Foundation on completion. I feel very honored to be chosen to help with this project and I will do all I can to make it a success. I learnt a lot from my previous project and have spoken with both Colchester Utd and Kerseys expressing my needs and concerns so we could work through this as efficiently as possible.
Please see the press release below for more information.
A photographer has teamed up with a firm of solicitors and Colchester United Football Club to photograph 1,000 people in aid of charity.
Gavin King will work with Kerseys Solicitors and the club for the project dubbed ’1,000 Faces of Colchester’ to raise money for the Tom Bowdidge Foundation (TBF).
Staff at Kerseys Solicitors, which has an appointment office in Colchester Business Park, have been inspired by the story of Tom Bowdidge.
The teenager died in October of last year, aged 19, from a rare stomach cancer. But he raised over £170,000 for charity while battling his illness.
His family, parents Nikki and Richard Bowdidge and sister Emma, then launched the foundation on what would have been his 20th birthday on February 28th this year.
Now Kerseys has offered to donate £1,000 to the charitable trust if 1,000 people take part in photo-shoots at Colchester United Football Club.
Kerseys managing partner Anthony Wooding said: “Tom Bowdidge’s story moved us all. He was a brave local boy whose final wishes to ‘crack on’ have inspired many people.
“His legacy lives on and we want to do our small part to help raise money for such worthwhile causes.
“We are delighted to be working with Colchester United Football Team on this exciting project. We hope people will rally round to take part and support this.”
The charitable trust, which has its headquarters in Colchester, raises funds to support research projects and to provide physical and emotional support to teenagers and young people with cancer. It has raised money for Sarcoma UK, CLIC Sargent and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Matt Hudson, Media Manager at Colchester United Football Club, added: “We are really excited to be working on this project.
“We have some further good news coming up about the Tom Bowdidge Foundation in the next few weeks, and we are already also looking forward to this idea. We hope our fans and people using the stadium will help us reach the 1,000 faces target!”
Gavin, 33, who ran a similar project in Ipswich to show the diversity of the town, gives people a white board so they can write down whatever they are feeling as a way to express themselves.
He said: “I imagine the project, while challenging, will be a lot of fun too and will hopefully raise awareness and funds for such a worthwhile cause.”
Tom was a Colchester Royal Grammar School sixth-former from West Bergholt. His mother, Nikki, teaches at Heathlands Primary School.
Richard Bowdidge said: “We are really pleased that so many people have been inspired by Tom and this project has been launched. It is a way of paying homage to Tom and allowing us to continue our work supporting teenagers and young people with cancer.”