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York hospital children's ward James Sharp Driffield wildlife photography

Vicky ThompsonReporter

Photographer James Sharp presents prints of his work to staff at York hospital children's ward (l-r) Andy Jennions, deputy directorate manager for children's services, Louise Wootton, paediatric staff nurse, Lucy Clegg, fundraising manager at York

DRIFFIELD photographer James Sharp has brought the great outdoors to the children's ward at York hospital.

Following a successful exhibition at the hospital in the summer, during which visitors could purchase prints, James raised a total of £415, all of which will be used for the children's ward.

He also presented them with three framed prints of his work, which will be displayed on the ward, possibly in the parents' sitting room.

A self-confessed accident prone child, James remembered the hospital well (despite recent refurbishments) and has been delighted with the response to his work, saying: "The hospital is quite close to my heart.

This has given me the chance to give a little back for all those times I visited hospital as a child. I am so pleased that people have taken joy from my work."

Fourth-generation forestry contractor James - whose father and grandfather were also keen photographers with their own dark rooms - has had an interest in photography since he was young, and is now able to combine his work with his private passion.

Many of his photos are taken around Yorkshire, but he also spends time in Poland, where he has snapped some of the more exotic animals in his portfolio.

Fundraising manager Lucy Clegg said: "York Teaching Hospital charity helps to care for our hospitals, paying for improvements and additional equipment, which wouldn't be possible through NHS funding alone.


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