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Alison’s new look after charity shave

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

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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.

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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.

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From tragedy to charity – a brave mother’s act to honour her mum

Local mother starts charity after tragedy.

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Dad Alan; Son Jamie; Mum Caroline; Daughter Paige and Gayle Cassinos from County Mall during the fundraising for Hannah's Wings.

A local lady who was sadly bereaved by the death of her mother after she was brutally murdered in 2018 has made the brave move of turning a tragic event into a positive by launching a charity.

Caroline Snowling is setting up Hannah’s Wings in order to help victims bereaved by murder.

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She said: “I know from first hand experience the massive lack of emotional and financial support available from government. I intend to offer a platform via our charity and website that offers support, advice and financial contributions where possible.”

The charity is in partnership with a Christian Church who are offering their ministers to conduct funeral services for free if they come via Hannah’s Wings.

Caroline, along with her family, are in County Mall today (8 August), Friday 10 August and next Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 4.30pm, raising funds in aid of Hannah’s Wings.

They’re also promoting an event run for the charity too, which is being held at Fort Fun.

The VIP charity event at Eastbourne’s Fort Fun takes place on Wednesday 15 August from 6.30pm-9pm. The majority of the sales will go straight to Hannah’s Wings; admission includes the Splash Park, Teacup and Carousel Ride, Bouncy Pillow, Crazy Golf, Bouncy Slide, Sand Play, Imagination Role Play Village, Outdoor Jungle Gym, Ball Game Court and more.

Also available at an extra cost is face painting, balloon modelling, candy floss and a café.

Tickets can be purchased on Hannah’s Wings’ Facebook page or at one of the shopping centre stands. Message the Facebook page for more information.

Hannah’s Wings has a GoFundMe page, which contains links to the many national TV interviews booked to raise awareness about the charity.

Caroline said:

“We have a lot of National and local media interested including, BBC, ITV, Sky News, The Sun, The Irish Post just to name a few.

“Our website is in the making any support would be appreciated.”

Caroline adds: “We shall be fundraising in all different types of ways from fun days, raffles, race nights and more!”

Click here to go to Hannah’s Wings’ GoFundMe page.

Click here to go to Hannah’s Wings’ Facebook page.

Click here to go to Hannah’s Wings’ change.org petition.

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