Connect with us

Charity

Alison’s new look after charity shave

After having her head shaved on Sunday (10 June), one Crawley woman is sporting a fresh look.

Published

on

A woman from Crawley has a new look after she donated all of her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Alison Slade has raised just under £2,500. The money she raised will go to The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre.

More news: Crackdown on crime as police launch new operation in Sussex

The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is a local cancer support centre located by Crawley Hospital. They are the only centre in the area, serve Sussex and Surrey and are entirely run by volunteers. They offer counselling, complimentary therapies, support, advice and act as a key point of contact for cancer patients, their families, carers and children.

Alison decided to raise the money for the Crawley based support centre after her husband Graham was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2015.

Alison was required to have her hair washed 24 hours before the cut

Alison said:

“Our world changed.

“There’s nothing worse than watching someone you love suffering and not being able to do anything about it.

“These people kept me sane and supported me. I could turn up hating the world or be on my knees ready to give up. These people never judged me, patronized me or rolled their eyes. Always a warm welcome, the obligatory kettle went on and I’d leave feeling stronger.”

Alison’s ponytails – ready to donate to the Little Princess Trust.

Now, with a fresh look, Alison says:

“My head shave had a slight twist at the end. After the initial shave I went shaving foam and razor bald.”

Alison, sporting the Olive Tree logo, mid-cut

“I’m just overwhelmed by the support and generosity of everyone.

“Hardest thing is how strangers perceive me. A small child in a shop made the queue aware that I was bald. To which the mum replied ‘shhhh she’s a poorly lady’. Obviously I put her right.” 

Alison had her hair cut at Rock Paper Scissors in Ifield Green on Sunday (10 June) by Paul Newell, the co-owner.

You can still show Alison your support and donate via her JustGiving page.

Keep up to date with all the latest news.

Follow us on:

Twitter: @crawleynews24

Facebook: Crawleynews24

listen live

Charity

Disney team up with local hospice

Disney worked with UK charity Together for Short Lives to organise a number of events for seriously ill children and their families.

Published

on

To celebrate Children’s Hospice Week (21-27 May) led by Together for Short Lives, the UK charity for seriously ill children, Disney organised magical events in four children’s hospices across the UK.

The events offered families of seriously ill children a distinct Disney experience by bringing beloved Disney characters and stories into the children’s hospices giving families the chance to spend special time together.

More news: Peter Lamb – “The NHS can be saved”

At Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex, Disney organised a wonderful fairy and pirate themed party on Saturday 26 May. A magical environment was created in the garden of the hospice with balloons, Disney music and bubbles, with children wearing fancy dress and a visit from Tinkerbell herself.

Janet Parsons, Head of Communications at Chestnut Tree House said:

“For the children and families who need Chestnut Tree House, it is all about making every moment count, the good days and the not-so-good days, living for the now. Thank you so much to Disney UK for bringing some special moments to Chestnut Tree House and creating some very precious memories for our children and families.”

Each Disney event has been planned to create special family moments that can be shared and highlight Disney’s commitment to support Together for Short Lives initiatives as one of their new strategic partners.

“Disney UK are proud to be supporting Children’s Hospice Week as part of our wider social purpose programme.” said Sara Hanson, Director – Charitable Programmes at Disney UK.

“By working with Together for Short Lives and children’s hospices we can create moments that matter for children and those closest to them when they need it the most; helping to build emotional resilience through positive shared social experiences.”

‘Life’s short’. It’s a phrase we all use, but it’s particularly poignant for children with life-limiting conditions.

According to research by Together for Short Lives, playing outside was seen to be one of the ‘Top 5’ moments that matter to seriously ill children and young people.

Now in its 21st year, Children’s Hospice Week is the only week in the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the lifeline children’s hospice services across the UK, and the thousands of seriously ill children and young people that they support. The charity is encouraging supporters to reflect on their own special moments with this year’s theme: ‘Life’s short’. It’s a phrase we all use, but it’s particularly poignant for children with life-limiting conditions. They simply do not have time to waste.

“Children’s Hospice Week is still the only week in the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the lifeline children’s hospice services across the UK, and the thousands of seriously ill children and young people that they support,” says Barbara Gelb OBE, CEO of Together for Short Lives. “Show your support for some of the most seriously ill children in the UK by sharing your #LifesShort moments on social media and donating on the Together for Short Lives website.”

Keep up to date with all the latest news.

Follow us on:

Twitter: @crawleynews24

Facebook: Crawleynews24

listen live

Continue Reading

Trending