Lucy Aaron raises over £1,400 for Weldmar Hospicecare
On Sunday 8th July, Lucy Aaron, who has stage four terminal cancer, had her hair shaved to raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare raising more than £1,400.
Lucy, who is a patient at Weldmar, originally decided to have her head shaved in Hope Square in Weymouth but she was too poorly on the day. Instead, she had it shaved at her home by the Manageress of Gunz Barbers in Weymouth, Gail Broome.
Lucy said “We always used to spend Sunday afternoons listening to the live music in Hope Square, it is something that I have always enjoyed, especially after a drink or two. I decided to have my head shaved there because I always know there is a good crowd when Replay are performing and I was hoping to raise money from collection buckets. I was too ill to go to Hope Square in the end but Gail, from Gunz Barbers, came to my house instead and shaved it there. My friend, Jan Gale and her daughter Tina, still held a collection outside Brewers Quay on the day where £414.74 was raised. We also set up a Justgiving page to collect donations, and lots of people supported us through this too.”
Lucy was diagnosed with Bowel cancer in February last year and said she was waiting patiently for her wound to heal. But as time passed, she had discovered that the cancer had spread to her liver, lung and possible ovary. But that didn’t stop Lucy going through with the challenge and raising money for Weldmar.
Lucy said “I was expecting to raise a couple of hundred pounds but to raise over £1,400 is incredible. A lot of my old friends who I used to go to school with have supported me and I just want to thank everyone who has given donations to Weldmar. Many thanks to Gail from Gunz Barbers on St Mary’s Street, Weymouth, my dear friend Jan Gale for her help to get the challenge underway and all the people who have donated.”
Weldmar Hospicecare provides ‘Outstanding’ end of life care to patients throughout Dorset. The charity is heavily reliant on local fundraising activities and income from the chain of Weldmar charity shops.
Matt Smith, Director of Fundraising and Marketing for Weldmar, said “We are extremely grateful for the support of Lucy and her friends for raising such a fantastic sum of money for Weldmar Hospicecare. These donations unable us to continue providing care for people like Lucy today and in the future. It really does make a massive difference.”