Young photographer’s fundraising focus

PUBLISHED: 11:35 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:40 25 August 2010

EVOCATIVE: One of Chris’ photographs entitled 'Groundscape'.

EVOCATIVE: One of Chris’ photographs entitled 'Groundscape'.

AN EXHIBITION by an inspirational photographer with Down s Syndrome is to be extended due to its success.

AN EXHIBITION by an "inspirational" photographer with Down's Syndrome is to be extended due to its success.

The exhibition of Chris Diedo's work at the Mick Jagger Centre in Shepherd's Lane will continue due to being a big hit with visitors.

Mr Diedo, 23, of Lavinia Road, Dartford, was told two years ago by centre bosses that they would consider exhibiting his work and the young photographer has since taken hundreds of pictures.

Of the 63 images, 10 were supported by a piece of poetry written by his former Dering Way college lecturer, John Young, from Gravesend. All have been sold at auction to raise money for Bexley Down's Syndrome Group.

Mr Diedo was the first person with Down's to be enrolled full-time at a mainstream school in Bexley Borough, St Colombus Roman Catholic School in Bexleyheath. He attends Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Mencap yourChoice sessions, which help promote independence for those with learning difficulties.

Their fundraising manager, Erica Snow said: "The exhibition is fantastic. I think Chris is an inspiration to anyone with a learning disability.

"It's great for the public to see what a person with Down's Syndrome can achieve." The large range of exhibits, many taken of scenes in north Kent, ran throughout April and was due to end last month but will now continue until the end of May. Bosses at the Mick Jagger Centre said feedback from visitors had been "very positive".

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