Wirral secretary gets the chop for charity
An Arrowe Park Hospital medical secretary has raised over £1,200 for charity by having her hair cut for the first time in eighteen years.
Kerry Day, 27, sacrificed 17 inches of her hair on Tuesday 29 September in a sponsored haircut for Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park – the free ‘home away from home’ accommodation within the hospital for the families of children being treated at Arrowe Park Hospital.
The haircut took place in the main entrance of the hospital with neonatal matron at the hospital, Jacqui Morgan, making the first cut, and families currently staying at the House also asked to help ‘lop off’ Kerry’s long locks.
Money raised through sponsorship and a raffle held on the day will be donated to the seven-bedroom House which last year gave 101 families a place to stay close to their child in hospital.
The hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs to boys and girls who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
Kerry says: “As soon as I heard about how important the Ronald McDonald House is to the families who are able to stay near to their seriously ill children, I knew I had to take the plunge with this haircut.
It’s been a really big change for me but definitely worth it and I would like to thank everyone who donated raffle prizes and took part on the day including Rebecca Stapleton who styled my hair and Cara Colwell who did my make-up.”
Donations can still be made on Kerry’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/kerryann-day/
For more information or to speak to someone please contact:
Francesca Seabourne, Third Sector PR
T: 020 7922 7720
M. 07911 190 674
Notes to editors
1. Picture captions:
Pic 1. L-R Kerry Day has the first section of hair cut by Arrowe Park Hospital neonatal matron Jacqui Morgan. Credit Mike Baker
Pic 2. L-R Kerry Day with her newly styled hair. Credit Mike Baker
2. Ronald McDonald House Arrowe Park is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2014 they helped support over 6,000 families with children in hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.