Estate agent to turn photographer for special photo shoot in aid of Chestnut Tree House

Wed 19 Oct 2016

A Sussex estate agent will put her photography skills to good use as part of an upcoming charity photo shoot to raise money for local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House.

Caroline Hobson, who works as a Property Manager at Leaders in East Grinstead, is also a talented photographer. She is offering people in Sussex the opportunity to book a 30-minute photo shoot with family, friends or loved ones in a stunning location in order to raise money for Leaders’ charity partner Together for Short Lives, supporting all 54 children’s hospices across the UK, including Chestnut Tree House.

People are invited to book a session with Caroline any time between 9am and 6pm on Saturday 29th October, when she will be snapping portraits in a stunning setting alongside Balcombe Viaduct Bridge near Haywards Heath.

In exchange for a £15 donation to Together for Short Lives, Caroline will take a range of beautiful shots and provide them digitally to customers. Various print options will also be available on request.

Caroline says: “As part of Leaders’ charity partnership with Together for Short Lives, I wanted to contribute to this very worthy cause. As I am an enthusiastic amateur photographer, a day of photo shoots in one of West Sussex’s most eye-catching spots seemed like the perfect fundraiser.

“I am often told by people that they would love an affordable opportunity to get some special and unique photos of their loved ones. For just £15 - all of which will go to the charity – they will receive a portfolio of images they can treasure forever.”

Leaders has pledged to raise £50,000 for Together for Short Lives in 2016 and is well on the way to achieving its goal, having raised £38,000 so far this year.

Caroline explains: “Together for Short Lives supports children with life-shortening conditions and all those who love and care for them. Through them the money we raise here in Sussex goes towards supporting the amazing work of Chestnut Tree House. All of us at Leaders in East Grinstead have been inspired by how this wonderful charity helps seriously ill children and their families and I am looking forward to being able to help out in a small way.”

Terrina Barnes, corporate fundraising manager for Chestnut Tree House, says: “We are extremely grateful to Caroline for putting her skills to such good use in aid of Chestnut Tree House.

“It costs well over £3.5 million each year to provide all our care services. Families are never charged for their care and the hospice receives less than seven per cent funding from central government, so we rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the general public and local business community. The support of Leaders and Together for Short Lives is also helping us to raise awareness of our services, enabling us to reach even more children and families in need of our support.”

To book your photo shoot with Caroline contact her by phone on 07583 772 808 or by email at