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Claire Jones “honoured” by Clubman award recognition

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The Elite Insurance Clubman of the Year, photographer Claire Jones, says that her passion for Saints is the driving force behind the reason she has taken photographs for the Club for almost 10 years.

Speaking after she won the award at Monday night’s End of Season Dinner at Franklin’s Gardens, Claire said: “I do it for the love.

“Being recognised by the club is an honour and I’m very grateful.”

In addition to her photography of both home and away games for the first team, she also thoroughly enjoys taking photographs of Saints in the community.

“For nearly the last 10 years I’ve been behind the lens. I love taking the photographs of the youngsters on the back pitches on a Saturday morning; it’s great.”

Over the years it’s fair to say that Claire has had to brave the weather on a number of occasions, most recently on Saturday during Saints’ win against Gloucester at Kingsholm: “This has probably been one of the wettest seasons.

“We had to finish the season with a thunderstorm; a quite dramatic thunder storm!”

Claire also takes charitable work very seriously and the proceeds from her photograph sales are donated to the Leon Barwell Foundation: “I’m delighted to be able to support the charity in his name.

“I can raise money for a charity, and it’s a really superb charity, in memory of Leon Barwell who was a lovely man. Every pound I can give to a charity is a plus for me, as well as enjoying what I do.”