Pair lose their locks to raise money for the WiSH Upon A Star Appeal

The locks are now beginning to grow back for Chloe White and Dan Maris after they both had their heads shaved for charity.

For the pair, who both work at the Spread Eagle pub, in Out Westgate, Bury St Edmunds, were shorn of their head of hair in a bid to raise money for the WiSH Upon A Star appeal.

And the couple managed to raise an amazing £974.90 (with Gift Aid still to be added) from their efforts thanks to donations from pub regulars and supporters.

Money was also collected from the Cutting Edge hairdressers, in nearby Horringer Road, with Courtney Mackie and Julie Wiseman carrying out the task. The salon added to the fund after they set up a collection point at the shop.

Chloe, who is a team member of staff at the pub, said: “We both said that we would have our heads shaved for charity so I contacted the West Suffolk Hospital about it and I had a meeting with the My WiSH Charity and we instantly agreed … and it all started from there.

“We got some posters put up in the pub and we then asked people to come along and watch it taking place.”

The 19-year-old said both her and 24-year-old Dan, who is assistant manager at the Spread Eagle, had experiences of being cared for by staff at the hospital.

“We just really felt that it was such a good cause to raise the money for and especially for the appeal and we had a lot of regulars at the pub support us and came to watch us having our heads shaved.

“But it feels very cold at the moment with the hair being lost,” she said.

The appeal was launched in 2017 and support for it has grown over the two years.

The aim in creating the appeal is to further enhance the care every single child visiting the hospital receives. Just some of the areas the appeal supports are; paediatric diabetes, day surgery, the emergency department, eye treatment clinic, cancer services and any outpatient services that care for young patients.

Amy Hatch, My WiSH fundraising officer, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Chloe and Dan and be a part of their challenge. I was lucky enough to be invited along to their brave the shave evening and they both did so well – not an ounce of nerves. This money will make such a difference and we are currently speaking to a few areas of the hospital to see where it would be best spent.”

Pictured above are Chloe White and Dan Maris after their head shave.

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