Young talent connects with Oldham’s older generation

TALENTED wildlife photographer Ben Harrott has shared his work with Royley House care home in Royton, helping to brighten up their recently renovated reception area.

Ben, from Oldham, has donated one of his favourite images to the residential care home, which is run by Rochcare and provides care for people aged 65 and over, those with age related difficulties or living with dementia.

The image shows an adult long eared owl which had just fed its chicks and is perched perfectly in the forest with the sun setting behind.

Displaying Ben’s framed picture is the perfect way to bring the young talent of Oldham together with its older citizens.

Johanne Bradburn, Manager of Royley House, said: “The reception area has a real wow factor and it’s great to have this space now that we’re safely welcoming more visitors back into the home.

“To have such a special piece of art on the wall from such a talented local photographer means the world.”

Ben, 17, is extremely dedicated to his work and shares the photographs he takes on his Instagram @_blhphotography.

He started taking pictures at the age of 13 and has built an impressive portfolio while also now studying at Oldham Sixth Form College.

He said: “My favourite thing about wildlife photography has always been sharing the things I see on a camera with others so they can receive some of the enjoyment I receive out of it as well as following the stories of individual animals and watching them grow and being able to have a small insight into their lives and behaviour.”

At Royley House, the 14 ladies and gentlemen enjoy a range of activities, including crafts, baking, massage and beauty treatments and reading/sewing groups.

Another key element is connecting with the community. Trips are arranged to local shops, garden centres and parks and the home also has links to schools and businesses.

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