A local family from Filleigh are dynamic fundraisers to the hospital charity Over and Above. Helen Bray, and her brothers, Alan and Chris Bulled raised £12,091.46 towards the Chemotherapy Appeal at the North Devon District Hospital, and were appointed as Over and Above Ambassadors for their phenomenal support to the hospital charity. Sadly Alan lost his battle with cancer and passed away earlier this year.
Their Great Niece Grace Bucknell of Witheridge is now walking in the family’s fundraising footsteps. Grace’s mum, Ruth, said “Grace was watching a tv advert a few months ago which was promoting how cut hair was made into wigs for children who had lost their hair through illness, and Grace said that she wanted to have her hair cut to help. Grace’s hair was 14” in length, so she asked family and friends at school and at her grandparent’s 40th wedding anniversary party to sponsor her hair cut”.
So far, Grace has raised a phenomenal £600 through online and off line sponsorship but she hopes to raise even more for the Special Care Baby Unit. Her hair will be sent to a charity specialising in supporting wigs for children.
Headlines hairdresser, Sarah Francis, cut Grace’s hair in her salon in Fremington. Sarah said “I was a little nervous because Grace wanted a lot of hair cut off but I could see that she was determined to have it done. Her new bob style really suits her, and it looks great. It is wonderful that Grace wanted to help other children”.
The Special Care Baby Unit Appeal has now raised a fantastic £160,000 towards its target to purchase much needed equipment for our Unit. You can support Grace by donating to her fundraising website https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ruth-bucknell