Last month I was booked by the University of Sheffield to photograph an event to mark the end of a 4 year, £1.5M, research project called Big CACTUS. The project looked at whether people with aphasia can continue to improve their ability to talk after completion of traditional NHS therapy, and whether this can be achieved cost effectively by offering computer treatment at home. More than 350,000 people in the UK are living with aphasia. The language disorder, which is caused by an injury to the brain, can make it difficult for people to talk, understand, read and write. One in three people are affected by aphasia after a stroke.
It was a fantastic event held in Firth Hall at the historic Firth Court at the university. The audience was made up of people living with aphasia, researchers and their families, carers, health care staff, service providers and commissioners to mark the end of the project. There was such a positive atmosphere and it was a pleasure to photograph
My brief was to document the event, then photograph some of the teams who worked on the study. You can see some of these photos below; all of the photos I took can be found in this gallery: Big CACTUS end of study event photos.
By the way, I can report that the cakes tasted as good as they looked!