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Schoolgirls swan secures calendar front cover

A schoolgirl from Kenton has won our photography competition to secure the front cover of the 2021 charity calendar.

Sixteen-year-old, Katy Read who is a pupil at the Royal Grammar School in Jesmond has won our annual photography competition. Her close-up of a swan now adorns the front cover of the charity calendar, which will be sold to raise funds for the Trust’s work to reduce pollution and improve the Tyne rivers.

Katy, who has been interested in photography for five years says: “I’m so pleased to support a charity which is dedicated to improving our local environment.

“I was walking along the river in Tyneside Country Park with my family when I took the photo. I went down to the shore and spotted the swan. I was able to get on its eye-level and the light was at just the right angle.”

The stand-out image is one of 12 fantastic shots taken by people who live and work in the Tyne catchment. The glossy calendar is sold to raise money to support the vital work that the Trust does to improve the river through education, tackling pollution and practical conservation work.

The production costs of the calendar have been covered by EGGER, the chipboard factory which sits alongside the River Tyne at Hexham as part of its commitment to sustainability and the environment.  This means that the Trust receives 100% of every online sale.

Chief Executive Officer of Tyne Rivers Trust, Dr Ceri Gibson says: “It’s fantastic to see the river inspiring people from a young age. What has become apparent during the pandemic is just how important nature and a robust river system is for people’s mental health and leisure time It’s crucial that we continue our work for a better river, better region and better life for everyone.”

“Thanks to EGGER who have covered the calendar’s production costs., all money from sales helps the Trust to continue its work to address the climate emergency and preserve our river system for future generations.”

Tobias Zimmermann, Plant Director Technical/Production at EGGER says: “We are delighted to support the ongoing work of Tyne Rivers Trust. Their continued focus on sustainability, is a good fit with our environmental commitment at EGGER.”

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