‘Colour Matching is Catching’ celebrates Brighton’s colourful quirkiness


A bright and beautiful coffee table book, Colour Matching is Catching, is now available for purchase. The book celebrates Brighton’s colourful quirkiness in aid of local charity Amaze. 

‘Colour Matching is Catching’ is stuffed with brilliantly witty pictures of local resident’s colour-matched to their home, their cars and each other. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Amaze, the local charity that supports families with disabled children in Brighton & Hove and Sussex. 

The book is the brainchild of Amaze fundraiser, Nicky Bagilhole and her friend Andrew Short, and follows on from their two successful ‘Colour Matching Calendars’, which already raised over £8,000 for Amaze. Nicky explains: 

“This book is in honour of Brighton, a very colourful place to live. The pictures are by residents and are a celebration of our community; the people, the houses and of course the matching cars. The colour matching concept immediately caught the imagination of the creative people on the hill via the ‘Hanover Community Noticeboard’ on Facebook. We have brought the pictures together to brighten up your day and to raise money to support disabled children.”

How did it all begin?

The colour matching fun began five years ago, when Nicky was on her way to work at Amaze. As she walked past the rainbow of Hanover homes, she spotted a cheery image of a yellow Mini outside a matching house which reminded her of the Mr Men, so she shared the photo on the Hanover Community Noticeboard Facebook group.

She didn’t know it at the time, but Nicky had kicked off a colour matching game and over the following months friends, neighbours and the wider community shared their own snaps of matching cars and houses.

The stakes were upped when Nicky met Augustus – the famous Hanover Harlequin Great Dane with his owners Chris and Christina. To their amusement, Nicky’s spotty jacket was just like Augustus’ coat, so the pair posed for a photo next to a black car, outside a black and white house. Nicky posted the new picture on Facebook with a challenge to the ‘creatives on the hill’ to find a better match. She was amazed by the response, as this photo sparked a torrent of quirky and imaginative snaps, each more creative than the last.

Friends Nicky and Andrew (who is a European Creative Director for a global healthcare advertising agency) are both local to Hanover, so decided to create a calendar of the images to raise funds for Amaze. Over the last two years, the pair have raised over £8,000 through sales.

Buoyed by this success they have joined forces once again, working tirelessly to publish this collection of their favourite quirky colour matches. Many Amaze families who live in the community are featured in this book, so what better way to celebrate the photographs than to publish them in a collection to be enjoyed whilst raising funds to give back to the community. 

Buying your copy 

The first 500 limited edition books are now available to buy.

Please contact Nicky by email at: nickyb@amazesussex.org.uk or Tel: 01273 234014. Or visit Gyatri News, 46 Southover St, Hanover, Brighton BN2 9UE to purchase your copy. 

The book is hard backed, 230mm by 180mm and has 60 colourful pages. Books cost £12 and 100% of profits go to Amaze charity.


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