Sisters Anella and Rosa Lomas came up with a hair-raising way of celebrating their grandma’s birthday whilst supporting St Catherine’s.
Anella, 27, and Rosa, 22, from Penwortham, raised a wonderful £700 for the hospice after having their long locks chopped off in front of crowds at The Lancashire Festival in Moor Park.
The sisters made the bold move after their grandma, Lucia La Valle, received support from the charity, which Anella said has really ‘uplifted her’ and ‘kept her smiling’.
She added: “Our grandma has received so much support from St Catherine’s and we wanted to thank them for the amazing work they do – the hospice has provided a massive support system for her.
“We decided a sponsored head shave would gain the most attention, as we both had quite long hair, so we set a target of £500, and decided to hold the head shave on our grandma’s birthday and during The Lancashire Festival.
“The day was equally as fun as it was nerve racking! Grandma enjoyed her kooky but special birthday present, we exceeded our target and raised a total of £706.69, and we left feeling very liberated!”
Organiser of The Lancashire Festival, Joshua Holden – who also fundraises for St Catherine’s – asked his sister-in-law and hairdresser Stacey Sepetowski Wilson to do the honours, with equipment provided by Jason Stocks Barbers.
St Catherine’s Hospice fundraiser Hayley Jackson said: “Anella and Rosa look amazing and we’re so grateful to them for taking the plunge and having their heads shaved for the hospice! Not only have they raised a fantastic amount of money; they’ve also helped raise the profile of St Catherine’s at a very well attended event, which is brilliant.
“Their support will enable us to continue offering our specialist palliative and end-of-life care to local people here at the hospice, out in the community, and in people’s own homes. We’d like to say a very special ‘thank you’ to the sisters for supporting our work so that we can help people with life-shortening illnesses to have the best possible quality of life.”