The thing that first struck me was the jovial nature of the Muslim men as they wandered through the heart of Moss Side. Men of all ages and some with walking difficulties or disabilities marched on in the name of Allah and for the cause of raising money for uk based charity.
The Peace Walk is organised annually and appears in a different town or city where followers of the faith come together to raise money for local and national charities. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association encourages faith and the importance of charity within your own local community. This religious group hold firm to their heritage whilst looking to embrace and integrate in modern day Britain. To date the members had collected £131000 with promises totalling almost a quarter of a million pounds. This money was soon to be distributed back in to the community through local and National initiatives.
“Love for All, Hatred for None” is the motto with which the The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community preaches. I was soon invited up to the Mosque by Mr Ahsan Ahmedifor some food and to watch the presentation of cheques to local charities.
Mr Rafiq Ahmad Hayat, the national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association welcomed local dignitaries and handed out the cheques.
The presentation party included The Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Susan Cooley, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, MP Jake Berry, MP Kate Green and over 50 representatives of 23 charities.
I had a great experience meeting members of the faith and thank everyone who made me welcome during the day.
Our parents give us life and show us life. Throughout my childhood and formative years i felt privileged with my upbringing. Born and raised in the beauty of the Peak District and Derbyshire Countryside my parents provided the encouragement and support to make decisions.
I have been taught it is important to be yourself, to remember your roots and feel your history. I have been shown that strength comes from within ourselves and that no obstacle is too great that it cannot be overcome.
At 645am I arrived at my sat nav destination. I had been invited along by Tom to demonstrate my work and get an insight into the working of the yard.
Reading about Manor House Stables it soon becomes apparent that it is a highly professional and well invested operation. Boasting a new state of the art aqua complex, all-weather Safetrack gallops and a sports science team of their own the traditional horseman's methods of training are being combined with cutting edge medical and technological advancements. Have a look on the Manor House website www.manorhousestables.com and follow Tom's blog http://www.manorhousestables.com/mhsnews/ or twitter http://twitter.com/TomDascombe to discover more about just how advanced this operation is.
Much of my work with horses is done on livery yards with the horse and owner engaging with one another and their home environment. I look to describe the relationship and portrait the character. At Manor House as a guest and without a working brief I wanted to try understand the mechanisms behind the success that this racing yard has had.
My expectations were far removed from the austere regimental conveyor belt i had conjured.
I found Manor House to be one of the most welcoming and friendly yards I have visited. The horses trained at Manor House are high calibre thoroughbreds given the best facilities and medical care money can buy. And yet money can't buy love.
I cannot comment on the detail to making Manor House a success as I do not have the knowledge of racing, training and business. I do know that the best care a horse can receive is when it is loved and has a strong relationship with its owner. On a chilly January day the bright smiles of horse and rider trotted on by. "You gotta love horses to work in this game" said Andy Jackson.
I really like the pride and love on show from Mum and Dad in this photo
On the go
It's the cheeky grin and short legs that get me in this photo
Up close and contemplative
What is going on with all these flashing lights and funny noises
I was at the Pink Dog Show a month or so back. Just found this lovely shot in my archive. It was the only photograph i took on the day but this dog I felt needing photographing as he looked a little bit tough for the occassion.