Thank you to my friends and colleagues in Brazil for supporting Hair for Hospices 2013

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

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  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.



What are YOU doing for Hair for Hospices 2013?

The end of July is rapidly approaching so it is now only just over two months from Hair for Hospices 2013 which will be from 1 -28 October.  This blog now has readers in 64 countries, from Aizerbaijan to the USA and from the Maldives to Mongolia!  Thanks to everyone reading this for your support and I’d like to think that in some way this will help local hospices around the world in October.

I am having some very interesting discussions with hospices and individuals who would like to be associated with this cause and I’m more than happy to give you as much time as I can to help local hospices benefit from Hair for Hospices.

Some organisations have already launched their publicity campaigns and sent me the posters they are using for this.  Two posters for the event are shown below and I’d be more than happy to publish YOUR publicity material on my blog as I found last year that everyone takes a different approach and we can all learn from others and the effect is synergistic.





As you can see from the above, some interesting ideas have been launched.  Please don’t forget the logo at the top of this blog is available in a range of qualities and can be freely used in publicity material.  I also have a good source of T-shirts and other materials using the logos – the larger the quantity we order collectively, the lower the unit cost.  What about providing Hair for Hospices “kits” for participants with a T-shirt or some other publicity material?

Thanks for reading this and I look forward to hearing from you if you’d like to do something for your local hospice.