Hospice nurse raises over £1,300 for charity by chopping off locks

A local nurse is sporting a new hairdo after cutting off his hair to raise money for the hospice he works for.

Jamie Phillips, Fair Havens Hospice at Home Team Leader, had 12 inches cut off his ‘barnet’ to raise vital funds for Havens Hospices and has donated the hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Jamie has smashed his original target of £500 and has so far raised over a fantastic £1,300 – helping to continue ‘Making every day count’ for the charity’s patients and their families.

Hospice at Home Nursing Assistant Sam, a former hairdresser, had the task of cutting his long, brown curly hair and styling his new look. In attendance to witness and assist with cutting his locks, were his parents, two daughters and Jamie’s colleague Sherry Eaglestone, Hospice at Home Lead Nurse.

Jamie said of his fundraising efforts, “I feel very humbled by everyone who has donated and for all of the messages of support and thanks.

“Good palliative care can make such a difference to someone living with a complex or incurable condition, so it was important to me to do my bit in ensuring we’re here for the patients who need us in the coming months and years.”

Fair Havens Hospice at Home, part of Havens Hospices, provides supportive and palliative care for patients who wish to be cared for or die in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

Their specialist team of Nurses and Nursing Assistants provide the care and compassion someone at the end of their life deserves, as well as supporting their family. They support discharges from hospital to home, offer planned and urgent respite in the day and overnight, and provide holistic care at the end of someone’s life.

The Little Princess Trust provides free wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years old, who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

Havens Hospices includes Fair Havens in Southend, and Little Havens, the children’s hospice for Essex. The care provided by the charity is completely free of charge, thanks to the generosity of individuals and groups, raising money and making donations.

Donations are still open if you would like to contribute and raise even more money for Havens Hospices in support of Jamie, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jamiephavens

Published 28th July 2022

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Jamie and his two daughters holding his hair that was cut off up