In 2018, after expenses were covered, Giles donated £400 to each of his chosen charities from the sales of the calendars
People with autism often have amazing strengths, talents and an ability to see the world in a way that people without autism don’t. Giles was diagnosed at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2016 and his photography is clearly one of his strengths! Giles has been very inspired by Chris Packham and loves watching him on the television.
The National Autistic Society helps people with autism in their every day lives and raises awareness of autism to the wider community.
Charcot Marie Tooth Disease is a degenerative neuropathy that affects the hands and feet. It is the most common inherited neuromuscular disorder and about 25000 people in the UK have it. It’s not life threatening but it can really affect day to day living. At the moment, Giles finds that it makes him tired, wobbly and he finds it hard writing at school. His new camera has really helped him stablise images – along with the purchase of a monopod for when he’s photographing birds.
If you click on each logo it will take you to the charity website where you can find out more.
The 2019 calendars will be sold to support CMT UK and the Stoke Mandeville Disability Hub. The Disability Hub offers hand cycling once a month to anyone who would like to have a go and can’t ride a ‘normal’ bike. Most children who hand cycle (and adults too) describe the first time they go on the hand cycles as the first time they have felt freedom. For Giles, it’s social, fun and totally inclusive and he wants to be able to ensure that both he, his friends, and anyone else who wants to, can go for the foreseeable future.