Hendra met the winners of the Smile for Hendra competition, the Crome family from Paignton, Devon, in the first week of the summer holidays, which was a lovely sunny week. The competition ran at the beginning of the year to find models for the next Hendra brochure, and after sifting through many entries we couldn’t just pick one so we picked two! We will meet the other family in the October half term.
Shaun Crome, along with his wife, Emma, and two children Ella and George were all really surprised to win, Shaun said: “We were all really excited about winning the competition as we love visiting Cornwall and we haven't won anything like this before.”
The winners won a weeks’ holiday in our top-of-the-range Watergate holiday home: “We loved the holiday home and how quiet it was at night in the Meadow field. The children absolutely loved the Oasis Pool and can't wait until we can visit again.” The shoot involved many photos on site, including breakfast at the Tavern, photos in Oasis, in the accommodation and of course with the star of Hendra – Henry the Hippo!
Photos were also taken at Porth Island and Holywell Bay; both are near to Hendra with breath taking scenery. Shaun said: “Our favourite thing about the photo shoot was being taken to new locations that we had previously never visited, like Holywell Bay Beach and Porth. The best things about Newquay, and Cornwall, are the brilliant beaches, un-spoilt scenery and relaxed atmosphere everywhere you go.”
Sara Cross, who organised the competition and is Hendra’s Marketing Manager, said: “It was a pleasure to work with a family that were so relaxed and happy throughout the photos – as photo shoots can sometimes get a little tedious for the models!” The Crome family were put at ease by the photographers, Shaun said: “Adrian and Antonia were great and made us feel really relaxed and we hope it shows in the photos.”
Thank you to the Crome family!