Fundraising calendar dedicated to memory of ‘shining star’ Harry Steele, aged 8

An agricultural calendar has been dedicated to the memory of ‘shining star’ Harry Steele (8) who tragically lost his life in a road traffic accident in August.

Thursday, 4th November 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Friday, 5th November 2021, 4:44 pm
Left to right: William Steele, John Steele & Sons; Steven Evans; Samuel Steele; Rowreagh Farm; Thomas Steele, Rowreagh Farm; pictured with a 2022 Calendar showcasing Steven's photography of agricultural contractors operating around the Newtownard's Peninsula, the sales of which will be donated in full, to the Air Ambulance NI
Left to right: William Steele, John Steele & Sons; Steven Evans; Samuel Steele; Rowreagh Farm; Thomas Steele, Rowreagh Farm; pictured with a 2022 Calendar showcasing Steven's photography of agricultural contractors operating around the Newtownard's Peninsula, the sales of which will be donated in full, to the Air Ambulance NI

It is the latest fundraising effort from amateur photographer Steven Evans from Kirkistown who had been working in the area when the Kircubbin tragedy claimed the life of the popular little boy.

He explained: “A night at the end of August shook the local farming community to the core, when a young man that no matter where you went, no matter who you spoke to, everyone had a great word of him. He was a young man who was never far from his father, Samuel Steele.

“I always knew that if I saw Samuel, his side-kick was never far away, and of course, the thumbs up, the big wave and the big smile always was there. Sadly, after an evening at the end of August, everyone has lost a bright shining star of the future.”

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L-R; Trevor ‘Cleet’ Thompson, J.D. Townley & Son; Samantha Thompson, J.D. Townley & Son; Roy Townley, J.D. Townley & Son; Steven Evans; Graham Furey, Past President of the Ulster Farmers Union; James Gilpin, J.D. Townley & Son; pictured with a 2022 Calendar showcasing Steven’s photography of agricultural contractors operating around the Newtownard’s Peninsula, the sales of which will be donated in full, to the Air Ambulance NI

Steven continued: “The family asked for donations towards the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, they chose the charity as something dear to them and something they wanted to see supported. So here we are the 2022 Air Ambulance Northern Ireland Calendar that is dedicated to a young man who will always be very sadly missed by everyone.”

Dedicated to the memory of Harry, of Rowreagh Farm, this year’s calendar, which once again features most of the contractors situated around the Newtownard’s Peninsula aims to improve on the figure raised last year.

Steven, 31, created an agricultural calendar last year which raised £11,400 for the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. Thanks not only to the farming contractors who contributed to the printing costs, but also the 1,000 people who bought a copy of the calendar from which every penny went to this worthwhile cause.

Steven wasn’t sure if he would return with a 2022 calendar, mainly due to the fact that he has returned to his job as an automatic greaser technician for Hi-Power and being back at work as left him with little spare time when compared to the previous year spent on furlough.

And so the County Down man wasn’t sure if he would even get the chance to photograph various contractors working the picturesque land on the banks of Strangford Lough.

Having clearly learnt so much about photography whilst capturing last year’s calendar images, a few of the contractors involved wouldn’t let-up until Steven agreed to do another one this year.

“The intention was to do maybe a few hundred calendars,” said the Kirkistown man. “For this year’s calendar, I wanted to vary the content when compared to last years. I wanted to include more farmers, more contractors, and more of their staff.

“I wanted to focus on the ‘Harvest Season’ - It’s not all brand new £300,000 machines, brand new tractors and trailers, or the latest and most up-to-date implements. There are tractors, harvesters and machines ranging from at the time the pictures were taken, a few weeks old, to a combine harvester which was built in 1978.”

Grace Williams, Area Fundraising Manager for Air Ambulance NI commented: “We are so inspired by the creativity and generosity we are seeing from the public across Northern Ireland. Steven Evans is a real inspiration, coming up with this unique fundraising idea, combining his passion of photography and the farming community with his support for his local Air Ambulance.

“As a service we rely heavily on charitable donations to keep the medical team in the air, delivering critical care to patients who have suffered trauma throughout Northern Ireland - without this type of support, the team simply couldn’t fly. Every single penny counts.”

The 2022 calendar will be available soon via Steven’s Facebook page as well as various farm and machinery shops, and is priced at £10, all of which goes to the charity.

For more information on outlets, or to order directly, please visit – https://www.facebook.com/SE-Photography-106036734480583/