Jenny Potter Photography my passion to help raise money for 3 amazing charities.
In my Career as a photographer I have been fortunate to have photographed The Red Hot Chili Peppers 4 times (Cardiff, Earls Court, LG Arena, Genting Arena).
The last time I photographed them Sunday December 11th 2016 was just so very special for me and for 3 charities that I am raising money for. Here is some background details as to why I want to help these charities before I tell you what Red Hot Chili Peppers did.
I have always done lots of charity fundraising from in my teenage years organising concerts, abseiling Millennium stadium, as well as Ziplining it a few times. Doing prize draws, running London half Marathon and then the past 6 years auctioning off lots of items via official charity auctions for a variety of charities. The 3 that are close to my heart are :-
I remember shortly after my son was diangosed with type 1 diabetes that I was awake as well anyone who has a child that has type 1 diabetes that has zero hypo awareness (low blood sugar ) knows that you do not get much sleep. I never watch the news it is too negative and I want our lives to be full of happiness and postive vibes rather than worry. I remember this night when I switched tv channels and there was American news and I saw this amazing lady Barbara who has set up this amazing charity called www.capes4hereos.com which made super hero capes for children who had illnesses from terminal illness to long term illness without any cure. I remember just knowing the moment I saw Barbara that I wanted to help. I have never met Barbara however I have this bond with her and know her heart is so pure and filled with so much kindness. I sponsored a number of children to receive super hero capes and each year from the year Harry was diagnosed I send over a number of music and fine art photos in different finishes from metal prints, canvas to mounted prints for Barbara to auction off at their annual fundraising event. This year they are having a year off so items will be sent over ready for June 2018 event. My amazing friend and artist Marvin Blaine who has a profile on here also last year donated some of his amazing art to this charity.
By helping these charities it gave us strength and a sense of purpose knowing we were helping others even if it was just in a small way.
http://www.dreamtrust.org/ From the year that my son was diaagnosed with type 1 diabetes we have sponsored an amazing girl in India who has type 1 diabetes and cannot afford her medical supplies (insulin, needles etc). We sponsor her as well as send over things that Massera needs from stuff for school, clothes, sweets for low blood sugar levels. Sponsoring Massera has been the best experience ever. Dr Pensey who set up this organisation is an amazing doctor. I wish there was more I could do for this amazing organisation. If anyone wants to help please let me know.
JDRF - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2 in 2010 (insulin dependant and blood monitoring not type 2 diabetes as this is completely different). Each year we do a charity walk as well as I have done prize draws, donated prizes and photos for various people who are organsing fundraising events to raise money for JDRF. To donate go to www.justgiving.com/jenny-potter1
Teenage Cancer Trust. I met up with the Teenage Cancer Trust a few years ago before my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Expressing an interest to help the unit in Cardiff which is the only unit in Wales. Here are details about the Cardiff unit from an email from the fundraising manager:-
It was lovely to speak to you. Thank you so much for your kind and generous offers of support.
As I mentioned during our chat our unit in Cardiff (the only one in the whole of Wales) actually supporter teenagers and young adults aged 13 – 24 during their cancer experience.
The unit in Cardiff consists of an inpatients and our patient’s area. (See above pictures) The unit in Cardiff was the first one to offer this. We have 8 beds in the unit which are full at the moment as well as this we see a great number of young people for their check-ups, treatments, therapies and transplants.
Every year in Wales 175 young people hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only charity dedicated to improves the lives of these young people before, during and after their cancer experience.
We fund 2 specialist posts on each of our unit who work alongside a dedicated team of NHS staff to deliver our service here in Wales. Anna Davies, our Youth Support Coordinator works to support the emotional and well-being of the young people we support buy encouraging peer to peer support, 121 sessions, group activities, social tips and treats – even pizza nights (both on and off the unit).
Mary Harness is our Lead Nurse on the Cardiff Unit – Teenage Cancer Trust specialist nurses are there to make sure they receive the best care and support once they’ve been diagnosed with cancer. They’ve been specially trained to understand what it’s like to have cancer when you’re young, and will be there alongside them when they’re receiving your cancer treatment.
Ways that you can help could be to come and show some of your photos to the unit and tell them all about your experiences working with huge bands like the Chilli Peppers. If you are able to arrange tickets to gigs etc. they would love this as well.
Thanks again for your support.
REGIONAL FUNDRAISING MANAGER - SOUTH WALES
End of Email
Back to how Red Hot Chili Peppers have helped me with my charity fundraising.
Anyway back to December 2016 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers gig. I had contacted their management before the gig and told them what I was doing. My vision was to get a few photos signed by various artists to auction off for these charities. I also would love for a top photo gallery to exhibit my music photography and sell it with a percentage going to these charities. This I have yet to achieve so if there are any galleries that want me to do this I would jump at the chance. I remember emailing Red Hot Chili Peppers management explaining that I wanted to if possible photograph the band again and if there were able to sign a photo to auction of for these charities great. I then got a lovely surprise saying that this was arranged. On the Saturday before the concert I had a number of my Red Hot Chili Pepper photos printed, I remember rushing with my son Harry, to Cardiff to collect them and also buying a portfolio to put them in. I was not sure what photo to have printed so had a few photos printed ( one was for me as I asked cheekily if Anthony could sign one which he did so thank you so much) and did some personal letters to the band giving my reasons why I was passionate about raising money for these charities which is personal so not going to mention to much here. The band's management met us gave us tickets to the gig, and we were back stage. My portfolio was taken by their managment Jason and the band were amazing they signed every one of my photos and I am just so thankful and in awe of what Anthony, Chad and Flea did sorry did not have any photos of Josh but will see if he can sign some again.
The photos are in the process of some being mounted and some framed.
I have the first JDRF official auction in March in Cardiff where one of the photos is being auctioned.
Then there are 3 other JDRF official events that photos are being auctioned off at each event:0
16th May Pro Celebrity team Challenge JDRF London Golf Club 16th June Charityable shoot 5th July 2017 Annual Pro Tournament.
All money raised is going to JDRF
Teenage Cancer Trust Fundraising event where the Red Hot Chili Peppers Photos are being auctioned off is in October 2017 at a "Teen Spirit" Ball where all photos will be auctioned of with all money going to raise money for the Cardiff unit.
www.Capes4heroes.com fundraising event is June 2018 so photos will be sent to Barbara before this event and I will then pay for the photos to be mounted and a few framed locally to her and then all money raised will go to this chairty.
If there is anyone that is a huge Red Hot Chili Peppers fan and wants to bid for any of these items please please contact me and let me know what you want to bid and if it is high enough as we want to raise lots of money I will pass details to the charity so that can arrange payment from you.
The photos are all taken by me and are various sizes from 18 by 12 inches to 12 by 8 before being mounted and framed. They really are a valuable piece for any Red Hot Chili Pepper fan.
I hope you can help me raise lots and lots of money.
Thanks XXX Jenny
A big thanks to Anthony, Flea, Chad, Josh, Jason and all the crew backstage. We had an amazing night and I will always be humbled by your kindness and understanding. xx Jenny