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1,000 Faces Returns

16 February 2015

Get your picture taken at the Bristol City game!

Colchester United fans are being called on to have their photograph taken in the second round of a charity campaign dubbed the 1,000 Faces of Colchester. 
Photographer Gavin King has teamed up with a Kerseys Solicitors and Colchester United to photograph 1,000 people to raise money for the Tom Bowdidge Foundation (TBF).

To date, 77 people have been photographed after a photo-shoot took place during the Leyton Orient home match at the Weston Homes Community Stadium last month.

Now the group hope to at least match that number at the Bristol City match on Saturday, February 21st. 

Kerseys managing partner Anthony Wooding said: "We had a good turn out last month and we’re really pleased that so many people came out to support it. But we have a long way to go to reach 1,000 and would like even more people to take part this time."

Tom Bowdidge died in October of 2013, aged 19, from a rare stomach cancer. But he raised over £170,000 for charity while battling his illness.
His family, parents Nikki and Richard Bowdidge and sister Emma, then launched the foundation on what would have been his 20th birthday on February 28th 2014.
Staff at Kerseys Solicitors, which has an appointment office in Colchester Business Park, have been inspired by his story. They decided to donate £1,000 to the charitable trust if 1,000 people take part in photo-shoots at Colchester United Football Club and around the town.

Dad Richard Bowdidge said: "It is a way of paying homage to Tom while raising awareness of our work supporting teenagers and young people with cancer."

Matt Hudson, media manager at Colchester United, added: "This is an exciting challenge in aid of a very worthy cause. We are delighted to have the TBF as a charity partner."

The TBF, which has its headquarters in Colchester, raises funds to support research projects and to provide physical and emotional support to teenagers and young people with cancer.

Gavin King added: "All it takes is a few minutes to write a few words down on a white board and pose for a photo. It’s a fun way to raise awareness and funds for such a great charity."
Tom was a Colchester Royal Grammar School sixth-former from West Bergholt. His mother, Nikki, teaches at Heathlands Primary School.
You can find more information on the charity at

Photos are set to be taken before the Bristol City match, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, February 21st in Eddie's Nest (in the Legend's Suite, near main reception).

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