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A Short Cut to fundraising for Pilgrims Hospices

Posted on 18 February 2013

Daryn Garlinge, from South Ashford, wanted to find a special way to remember his mother Maggie on a day associated with love.

Having grown his hair for the last 9 years he was easily recognisable at his work place Brakes, a local food manufacturer. However on the 14th February, with the support of all his colleagues, he had it cut off raising over £900 for Pilgrims Hospices.

Daryn explained why, “My mother received wonderful care at the hospice in Ashford and I wanted to do something in her memory. I thought it was about time I got a hair cut, so this seemed the obvious thing to do!

“My boss, Ken Graham ran a special raffle, For every £1 of sponsorship I got at work, my boss gave that person a raffle ticket. He is also ran a guess the length of the pony tail competition.“

Helen Hearne, one of his colleagues paid the highest amount to win the right to chop the pony tail off. Cakes were made and sold on the day and staff paid to dress down to make the event a whole party affair.

Ann-Marie a local hairdresser gave her services for free as she is a strong supporter of Pilgrims. Staff from across the whole company as far away as Motherwell and Bridgend got behind the event sending in sponsorship.

Daryn’s contribution did not end there, as the 51cm ponytail was donated to The Little Princesses Trust, a charity which produces wigs for children with cancer.

Deirdre Mewse, Pilgrims Hospices fundraising assistant said, “It is always special when someone wants to raise funds for Pilgrims. To chose to do it in a way that will affect your looks and cause comment for some time forward is particularly meaningful.

“It is due to supporters in the community like this that Pilgrims continues to be able to care to all who need it. “


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