Two estate agents in Portsmouth have braved the cold weather by opting to shave their heads to support a local children’s hospice.
Ian Cope and Dave Whyte of property specialist Leaders, which has three branches in the city, have already raised £425 for the company’s charity partner Together for Short Lives.
They went under the clippers at the firm’s branch in North End on Monday 30th November and have subsequently been showing off a brand new look to colleagues and clients.
Ian, senior branch manager at Leaders in Portsmouth, says: “We were determined to support Together for Short Lives in any way we could - and when the idea of going bald just in time for winter was raised we felt it was ideal.
“Not only does it mean Dave and I are suffering at the hands of the chilly weather, it serves as the perfect reminder that many children living with serious conditions do not have a choice about losing their hair.
“We are thrilled that our haircut has raised much-needed cash for Together for Short Lives and that our local children’s hospice, Naomi House & Jacksplace near Winchester, will benefit from this. We would also like to thank Serkan from Turkish Barbers in High Street, Cosham who kindly agreed to shave our heads.”
Leaders’ charity partnership with Together for Short Lives has seen each of its 100-plus branches across the country paired with their local children’s hospice. This has provided staff with a chance to raise funds and volunteer their time - and more than £40,000 has already been raised by the company in 2015.
The charity is an umbrella organisation all 53 children’s hospices in the UK and works to support children and young people with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, as well as their loved ones and the professionals who care for them.
Tina Starbuck, corporate account fundraiser at Naomi House & Jacksplace, says the fundraiser shows there are many different ways to support the hospice.
“We need to raise £7 million each year in order to run our services and deliver our plans, with less than 10 per cent of this money coming from the government,” she explains.
“As such, the support of enterprising and imaginative local fundraisers like Ian and Dave is crucial to us. By tackling unusual and eye-catching challenges, our fundraisers allow us to continue to provide care and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, free of charge to those who need it most.”
Anybody who would like to sponsor Ian and Dave can do so by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/Ian-Cope3.