As regular followers will know, I am involved with St Michael's Hospice as one of their event photographers. You'll probably remember last year's Rugby Club calendar and the Colour the Coast - I'm also photographing this year's Colour the Coast in August for them see here for details of the event or here for some pictures from last year. Please come along and support if you can :)
Well, this year I have also been asked to join and photograph events on behalf of the Robin Hood Bonfire Society, based in Icklesham, East Sussex. They are a community group that get together throughout the year to raise funds for local charities and take part in the long-held Sussex Bonfire society traditions. You will have seen them taking part in many of the processions and bonfire nights throughout the winter months in various towns and villages across East Sussex, making lots of noise and scaring people with their painted faces and flaming torches. In order to raise funds they have lots of fundraising events and activities throughout the year, culminating in an annual hosting of their own procession, bonfire and fireworks spectacular as well as financially supporting local charities. One such fundraising event was their recent Easter Extravaganza which I attended as my first official event - where l got the opportunity to photograph all and sundry that were brave enough in the drizzle to have their faces painted in the Society colours. It was a good, fun event that raised £460.00 through a mixture of fun things to do including; Easter Egg hunting, face painting, Tombola, and other competitions and games. Of course, the fact that it's based at the local village pub doesn't hurt either :)
Have a look at their Facebook page here as they are often holding events and are always looking for new members to join in the fun and support their good causes.
Anyway. I've added a few pictures below of the face painting that we got up to - to give you a little taster.