Rollo hopes to put fundraising in the picture for Parkinson’s UK

Word Worker press release:

Keen amateur photographer Rollo Alderwick is hoping someone will snap him up and help him stage an exhibition of his pictures to raise money for charity.

Rollo, from Uplands, Stroud, has Parkinson’s disease and wants to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK, which has supported him since his diagnosis 20 years ago.

The 61-year-old is hoping businesses or organisations with public spaces will offer him a venue, and he is looking for funding to cover the display and framing costs. He’ll then sell his photos – which are largely of wildlife, many taken at Slimbridge Wetland Centre – to generate funds for the charity.

Rollo has a full time carer, his wife Maddi, and is also supported with daily visits from Stroud-based homecare company DoCare, who have offered to help with sponsorship for the exhibition.

“I had an exhibition of my photos before and it went really well,” said Rollo. “I’d like to hold another, which could perhaps go to different venues in Stroud or Cheltenham, and raise as much as I can. I am a member of the Cheltenham support group of Parkinson’s UK, and they have been really helpful to me over the years.”

A father of three and grandfather of six, Rollo turned to photography when he was no longer able to work as a lorry driver and car fitter.

“I have always enjoyed taking photos, so when I was no longer able to work I picked up the hobby again. I joined a camera club at first, and really challenged myself to improve. I particularly love taking wildlife photos, especially birds and bees – and I have only been stung once!”

DoCare director Steve Mills said: “Rollo is a fantastic photographer, and his photos will make for a great exhibition. He’s been a client of DoCare’s for many, many years, so we are delighted to help support him in this venture for such a great cause.”

Rollo is looking for approximately £100 to fund the exhibition. If any organisations have a suitable venue to offer, or would like to sponsor the event, they can contact him via DoCare, by emailing info@docare.co.uk.