I am really encouraged to see how support for Hair for Hospices 2013 is growing and it is particularly good to see children becoming involved to help their local hospice. Pupils at Woodthorpe Primary School in Yorkshire are holding a bad day to support St Leonards Hospice in York . Please read the article at this link and if you are in the area please support them and encourage other schools to join them in the event.
Just in case you need to be convinced of how much fun can be had holding an event, please follow this link () to see me and colleagues doing wacky hair related things last year – can you better this?!!!
I’ve also seen events for this year being advertised by Peace Hospice in Watford () and St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston ().
It would be wonderful to see this spread far and wide so please let me know what you are planning – and apologies to anyone I’ve missed out so far. Please give me another nudge to make sure I include you soon.
I know that Hair for Hospices is popular with many individuals and hospices because it is so simple in concept and inclusive. However, even now there is still the opportunity to leave me almost speechless when I learn how much it means to others supporting it.
Yesterday I received a message from a friend and colleague who is responsible for managing Microbioticos, a large analytical testing laboratory in Brazil. Rodrigo personally supported the Hair for Hospices day last year and this year he has gone one better. All employees in the company have been given a day of paid leave so that they can use the time to volunteer in a local hospice. The scale and generosity of this offer is truly humbling and means so much more to me than a financial donation. Thank you Rodrigo, your managers and all your colleagues. Is it possible that in doing this you might be setting an example for other businesses to follow?
As I’m dealing with an international theme, I should mention that I’ve received a reminder about Hospice Care Week from Help the Hospices. More details on this can be found on Twitter at @HelptheHospices.
Please put 7-13 October 2013 into your diary and consider holding an event during this period for both this and Hair for Hospices. You can find out more about Hospice Care Week at http://bit.ly/17DpZQc
From here I will bring the blog to a closer and more personal connection. My late wife Carol spent many years in Southport before moving to university and then leaving home. Indeed, Carol’s mother still lives in Southport so I was pleased to hear that Queenscourt Hospice in Southport is keen to be involved in Hair for Hospices 2013. They have produced the poster below and also featured the event on their website at http://www.queenscourt.org.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=55:hair-for-hospices-2013&Itemid=86. Please visit this site and if you are local to the area please join in!
Thank you all again for your continued support and encouragement. It would be wonderful if Hair for Hospices could continue to grow and become something very special for all hospices around the world. With your help it could become just that.
When I woke up this morning I was suddenly struck by two things. The first is that today would have been our 30th wedding anniversary had Carol been spared. This is a very sobering thought and brings floods of thoughts of how we had planned to celebrate this special day. This was closely followed by remembering that one year ago today was the first Hair for Hospices day which was such a wonderful and fitting memorial for someone who was so passionate about supporting hospices and charity.
I have been incredibly supported by so many who want to see Hair for Hospices continue to grow to become a cause to support hospices all around the world. The support last year year far exceeded anything I could have possibly imagined when I innocently said I’d shave off my beard to raise support for the hospices in which Carol died.
It is now less than two months until Hair for Hospices 2014 from 1 – 28 October and I am delighted to know that many hospices both in the UK and abroad will benefit from the cause. It is particularly gratifying to know that some hospices are now working collaboratively in groups to use this theme to raise public awareness of the need for the service and care they offer.
Please let me know what you are planning and send me copies of any publicity and I will show it to others on this site. Thank you all again so much for making this event such a fitting and practical memorial.