Photograph by Matt Gulliver and Phil Wareing – Gulliver Photography
A PERSONAL trainer and actress have joined forces to raise money for victims of the Nepalese earthquake before making a trip to the country.
Cara Stevens, from Manchester, and Stacey Clegg, from Bacup, met through social media after Cara began planning a fundraising photoshoot.
She soon had 50 photographers, models, make-up artists and hairdressers paying £10 for the experience with all the money going to help Nepal.
Stacey, who owns SCP photography studio in Little Dale Street, Rochdale, offered free use of her studio for a charity shoot, on Sundays July 19 and July 26 10am-4pm.
Cara, 29, who is a personal trainer in Blackpool, said: “Next year I am 30 and my partner Stephen Thorpe will be 50 and we were planning to make the trek to Everest base camp.
“As we watched the disastrous events unfold, including the tragic events on Everest, it became obvious that our trip may no longer be feasible.”
However a former teacher of Cara’s Jeremy Mannino, assistant headteacher of St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool is director of the Impact Foundation that leads trips to Nepal and runs a school project the Shubhakamana Academy.
Over 10 years Jeremy has been leading expeditions to the academy taking many students on life-changing trips.
Since the earthquake the school has been used as a refuge for families affected by the disaster that claimed 8,000 lives.
Cara and Stephen are still planning a trip to Nepal next February but now to help with the charity.
“It may not be the trip we planned, but the work facing Shubhakamana and Impact Foundation group is no less daunting than Everest itself,” she said.
“The money we raise will go straight to the foundation to be spent in Nepal immediately.”
Mother-of-two Stacey, 30, said: “When I met Cara we found we had similar backgrounds and thought the same way.
“I have my family and I have my house; I am so lucky. We want to raise as much money as we can to help to make lives better for people in Nepal.”
Stacey’s acting credits include Emmerdale, No Offence and Shameless.
The duo are planning a host of other events including a battle of the bands in Manchester, a family fun day in Rossendale, a charity football match in Blackpool, a gala night and a sky dive, when Stacey will conquer her fear of heights.
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