HNC Documentary Proposal Simon Davies

For my documentary proposal I have been looking at and following different photographers that document the homeless, needy and memorial trust.

Two charities I looked at were Great Ormond Street Hospital and William Wates Memorial Trust. Great Ormond Street Hospitals mission is to enhance their ability to transform the health and wellbeing of children and young people, giving them the best chance to fulfil their potential. This done through life saving research to improve outdate clinical practises, different charity events are completed to achieve targets for funds raised.

William Wates Memorial Trust was set up in 1998, the charity exists to celebrate the life of William Wates (1977- 1996) by supporting projects that help dis-advantaged young people fulfil their potential and stay away from a life of crime. it was set up following the death of William Wates while traveling in South America.

From this I have decided I will be doing my documentary project on a charity trust named The Jodie Muir Memorial Trust, this was set up by Laura McArther following the death of her daughter, this was caused by an undiagnosed heart problem.

Initial police and news paper reports said that Jodie had died after taking drugs at a party but the was to prove inaccurate report of what happened.

Laura McArther (Jodie Muir Mother) fought tirelessly to clear her daughters name and to make it aware what really happened that caused the death of Jodie in Aug 2014.

Now Laura McArther has set up a memorial trust in Jodie's name to raise money to have screening done on young people to identify any sort of heart problem. To raise funds for the screening programme, Laura has set up a kind of soup kitchen that feeds and supplies clothing/blankets for the homeless and lonely. Laura and her volunteers can be found most nights at Cadogen Street, in Glasgow with the pop up kitchen. Laura recently completed a Christmas Meal service for 120 people, giving up her own Christmas for the needs of others.

The Jodie Muir Memorial Trust has been set up to raise awareness and vital funds to allow the screening of young people to continue, Laura McArther is looking to raise £10,000 per year for the screen to happen as each test costs £45 per examination/test. From this outcome I am looking to not only document the daily struggles and preparation for pop up kitchen, also looking to capture the other side of the daily struggles to show how the family are coping with the loss of Jodie.

This documentary subject I will be following over a number of months, for me to be ale to get the best and vision I have of final outcome, I will be firstly spending time with family and volunteer group, helping with pop up kitchen and other events that they carry out, this will also allow me to get to know people whom use the service that is provided and engage to get a better outcome.

As a back up I have made contact with other smaller Homeless charities to continue the documentary around the homeless and needy. some of the charities I have made contact with are, The Invisibles - seetheinvisibles.co.uk, Glasgow City Mission - www.glasgowcitymission.com.

Time management for this will be Wed-Sat evening joining The Jodie Muir charity while completing other course work during other free time.

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