Hair for Hospices workshop

This weekend I had the pleasure of accepting an invitation to deliver a workshop on Hair for Hospices to the National Association of Hospice Fundraisers annual meeting in Derry – Londonderry.  I was asked to talk about the journey our family had undertaken since we lost Carol in December 2011 and our charitable work for hospices.

I’m delighted to report that the workshop was well attended.  There was real interest in what we’ve done and what we are now planning for 2013.  In addition, it was really heartening to speak to other attendees who had not attended the workshop but still wanted to know more of our plans and adopt the event.

We are now well on our way to holding a major event from 1 – 28 October 2013 and it is particularly encouraging to see that hospices are beginning to form groups to mutually promote this event in their own individual ways.  As many said to me, the idea behind Hair for Hospices is so deceptively simple but completely inclusive, regardless of age, gender or background – everyone can do something to help their local hospice in a hair related way and the benefits are immediately apparent in the help given to local hospices.

Hard though it may be to believe, hospices in the UK must raise over £500m every year just to provide their invaluable support to patients and their families.  You can help by joining in and supporting your local hospice.  If you would like to help but don’t know how to do this please feel free to contact me at and I’ll be happy to discuss this further with you and put you in touch with your local hospice.

As the workshop was held in Northern Ireland, it is appropriate to mention that Sam Mitchell, a colleague and friend here raised over £900 including Gift Aid for his local children’s hospice in Northern Ireland for shaving of his venerable moustache as part of Hair for Hospices 2012.  Sam recently received a certificate for this and I’ve included this below.  It is a sobering thought that a relatively small number of individuals participated last year, each raising from hundreds to thousands of pounds for their local hospices.  Just imagine the difference we could all make to hospice funding with hundereds of individuals involved – and you don’t have to be in the UK to participate because Hair for Hospices is now spreading around the world!Sam_Mitchell