St Catherine’s Hospice Virtual Bark in the park Pet Photography Competition

Jan 11, 2021

During September 2020, St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston, Lancashire ran their first ‘Virtual Bark in the Park’ competition. Normally I would have attended the hospitals regular outdoor pet event to help raise funds for the charity by taking pet photographs on the day. The popular outdoor event couldn’t go ahead due to the pandemic, so as a goodwill gesture I contacted Hayley Jackson who runs the events at the hospice to offer a raffle prize from myself, where entries could win a ‘pet photo shoot’. The lucky winner was drawn in October, Obi a gorgeous puppy Labrador from Worsley, Manchester.

I contacted pet mum Olivia to arrange the photoshoot of Obi. We decided to take the photographs in St Catherine’s grounds. The gardens of the hospital are beautiful and there’s lots of photo opportunities for dogs.

Fun loving Obi the Labrador smiling away

When I met puppy Obi I knew the photoshoot was going to be fun. Obi had a beautiful black shiny coat and the waggliest of tails. Obi’s dog friend Ember, a Fox Red Labrador came along too, so as you can imagine I was in my element.

Puppy Ember who joined in on the fun photoshoot

I captured some lovely photographs of Obi, both on her own and on St Catherine’s lawn with her human pet buddy Henry. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to help out St Catherine’s Hospice, it’s been a tough year for most businesses, especially charities. Let’s hope the events can begin again soon.

My pet photography and events photos can be viewed on my website. For any bookings send me an email to Don’t forget to look out for any future raffles that I’ll be running for the hospice this year.

Obi and best friend Henry