Book by local photographer raises funds for Essex Children’s Hospice

A photographer based in Chelmsford has written a book to raise vital funds for his local children’s hospice.

Ross Willsher, a wedding and family portrait photographer wanted to do what he could to support Essex’s only children’s hospice, Little Havens, and came up with the idea to write a children’s story with a positive message, ‘Cameron the Crying Camera’ and donate the royalties to the charity.

The heart-warming story, which is available to buy from Amazon and in local Waterstones stores, follows the journey of Cameron, a camera who is never chosen over his brother Charlie to take photographs at their photography studio. The book is beautifully illustrated by James Knowles.

Ross said: “I know that the pandemic has really hit charities hard. As a wedding and family portrait photographer I wanted to support not only a local charity, but one that makes such a huge impact on children, young people and their families. I love the idea that every family who buys a copy and sits down together to enjoy reading about Cameron the Camera, will be helping to support a family going through a difficult time.”

The hospice’s Care Teams will also be reading the book during one of their Storytime Sessions with the children and families they care for.

Zoe Jay, Community Fundraiser at Havens Hospices said: “What a wonderful way to raise money for our specialist hospice care and we can’t thank Ross enough for thinking of Little Havens during this time. It costs over £52,000 a week to provide our palliative nursing and supportive care for the children, young people and families we care for and it’s thanks for people like Ross will are able to continue ‘Making every day count’ for everyone who needs us, wherever they need us.”

To purchase a copy of the book, please visit Amazon UK  or search ‘Cameron the Crying Camera’.

Published 12th October 2021

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Ross holding his book