A keen amateur photographer has raised just over £350 for our Maggie’s Centre after one of his pictures became an online sensation.
Sinclair Cunningham (38), of Cardenden, decided to sell copies of a picture he took of Kinghorn at night after he was swamped with requests after posting it on the royal burgh’s community Facebook page.
The picture of the harbour taken at the end of September, which Sinclair called ‘Kinghorn Blues’, proved to be so popular that the full-time engineer sold copies via the website four50photography.zenfolio.com, as well as the carousel Coffee Shop in Kinghorn, and donated all proceeds to Maggie’s Fife.
He said he was quite amazed with the amount of money raised - £353 in total.
“It’s been a real surprise,” he said, “I’d have been happy just to raise £100 to be honest!
“The response has been amazing and putting it into the coffee shop also helped to boost sales.
“I just got a message this week from a woman in Saudi Arabia who said she had received her copy - I also sold copies to people in Thailand, Switzerland and Australia.”
The online sale isn’t the first time that Sinclair has performed charity work.
In 2011 a bike ride he raised almost £1000 for the Rangers Charity Foundation, but he said modestly: “I’m not Bono or anything!
“Things like this just happen from time to time. It’s just part of life.”
James Forsyth, fundraising organiser at Maggie’s Fife, praised Sinclair for his generosity, saying: “It’s a fantastic amount to raise.
“Maggie’s Fife is visited 30 to 40 times a day on average and this money will go along way in helping to provide practical, emotional and social support for people affected by cancer in Fife.”
‘Kinghorn Blues’ is still available to buy and will soon be joined by another of Sinclair’s unique snaps, which looks set to be equally as popular.
“I’ve taken one of Pettycur Beach which I put on the Facebook page, and again people have shown interest, so that will be available soon and all the proceeds from that will go to Maggie’s too.”