AN OSWESTRY-BASED photographer has given up two days of work to offer free family photographs for 40 NHS and key workers.

Janine Speake wanted to give something back to those working in the health and care sector during the pandemic, and offered free photography sessions at Shooters Hill Hall in Shrewsbury.

After advertising the idea, Janine had more than 500 enquiries for the 40 slots available.

She said the level of interest was overwhelming, and felt happy to give something back to those working to fight against the virus.

“I expected to have a few enquiries, but ended up getting about 500 which was unexpected,” she said.

“I did it all for free, and any extra purchases they want to make, I will be donating the money to a local charity.

“We also had some catering donated to us from some bakers on the day which was lovely.

“People were very appreciative of it all which was really nice, it was a great couple of days.”

Janine had the opportunity to speak to those working on the frontline during the Covid-19 crisis, and was amazed to hear some of their stories.

She hopes NHS and care workers, as well as all other key workers, are still in people’s thoughts.

Janine said: “It feels like they’re often forgotten about even in a time like this.

“I love photographing families, and it was really nice to be able to make them happy.

“It was great to talk to a lot of the care and NHS workers and it was really interesting.

“A lot of them have had Covid-19 previously, and knowing that was incredible – a lot of them had anti-bodies and didn’t know they had the virus which was amazing as well.

“Each of them had a story about either having it or not knowing they had it.”

To find out more about Janine’s work, visit www.janinespeake.com