On the rocks
My name is Steve Pearce and I live in Staffordshire with my wife Sandra and granddaughter Keira.
Keira has paddled with Stafford and Stone Canoe Club (S&SCC) for around three years.
I am a retired Advanced Paramedic Response Officer, a job I thoroughly enjoyed, relished and found totally rewarding but after 33 years it ‘got to me’ and resulted in me suffering with very severe PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), burn-out, and depression. I had to retire from the ambulance service in 2014.
Answering the phone or the door, let alone getting out of the house was extremely difficult at best for me, unless I had either my wife or Keira with me. So I went to the S&SCC with Keira with a view to taking up a new hobby that was as far removed from what I knew as possible.
It ended up Keira taking to the water. As I had to stand on the bank (feeling extremely anxious) I decided I would take photographs (to hide behind the camera). Since then, I have been developing my skills as an amateur photographer and many of you will have seen me, or at least my camera, at a number of events around the country. The S&SCC were delighted with my photographs and various people were asking me for copies of images, so here we are now, the S&SCC Photo Gallery
Photography has helped me enormously to get back into some sort of ‘normalised’ life. Taking photo’s has brought such pleasure and fun to my life and getting the feedback from others sustains me and inspires me to continue and endeavour to do better. Also, to be able to share these images for others to see and remember the events with modern technology is just fantastic.
With the help of Pete Appleton, S&SCC Treasurer, and my wife Sandra, we now have this image gallery where you can browse to your hearts content and if desired, make purchases of images, with any profits going to the S&SCC for the benefit of all paddlers.