After contacting Nigel and Nicola about an advert posted on Facebook, I agreed to take some photos for an event they were organising. Nigel and Nicola were hosting a valentine charity event in aid of the National Autistic Society, a charity very close to their hearts and my own. So it was a pleasure to offer my services.

The venue looked lovely, complete with a heart-shaped balloon structure, made by Inflate 2 Create (you can find them at ), and a little handmade treat for each of the guests to enjoy. Once of which provided a very good frame for some portraiture shots. 

On arrival, the guests were presented with a glass of bubbly, and told to find a seat. Once all seated, Dynamic Sounds Disco and Karaoke provided music based on the theme of the evening for all to enjoy.

Buffet food was provided, complete with handmade branded National Autistic Society cupcakes (which I have to say were incredible!), ready for the guests to enjoy the  first set of Hot ‘n’ Sticky.

During the interval, Nicola and Nigel hosted a raffle with many local businesses offering a prize or service. Before Hot ‘n’Sticky were due to play again, one of the guests requested the band to play one of his favourite songs, and in exchange he would donate £200 to the charity. As Hot ‘n’ Sticky are a rock band, they were not familiar with the song, which made the request more heartfelt.

The last section of entertainment was provided by the amazing Hot ‘n’ Sticky, who certainly had everyone tapping their feet.

To conclude the evening, Nicola and Nigel gave a small speech thanking all the local businesses supporting the event, and all the people supporting them personally. 

I was very pleased to be a part of the evening, both Nicola and Nigel did an amazing job raising £1029.40 for the National Autistic Society.

On the 22nd April 2018, they will be raising more awareness for the charity by running the London Marathon. They have been training hard, and I wish them good luck. If you would like to donate to the charity you can either sponsor Nigel and Nicola on: or donate at:

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