Bonkers hairstyles take centre stage across the borough for hospice's Mad Hair Day (From This is Hampshire)
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Bonkers hairstyles take centre stage across the borough for hospice's Mad Hair Day
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WILD perms, crazy curls and kinky afros could be seen around Basingstoke last Friday when hundreds of people took part in St Michael’s Hospice Mad Hair Day.
The annual fundraising campaign in aid of the hospice, in Aldermaston Road, invites people to don a bonkers wig or style their hair in an outrageous way to raise much-needed funds for the hospice.
Around 30 schools, colleges and businesses took part in the event, and it is hoped they will have raised more than the £7,000 generated last year.
At Rucstall Primary School, in Black Dam, pupils and teachers joined in the fun.
Staff and customers at Hair Beauty, in Meon Road, Oakley, also supported Mad Hair Day. Proprietor Ray Uren, sported a green-coloured beard for the day and a black wig.
Raising money for the hospice is close to Ray’s heart, because his son Spencer died there, aged 37, in May 2009 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
At the hospice, a raffle was held with prizes donated by local businesses, and awards were given to staff and day-care patients with the maddest hair.
Helena Maskell, community fundraising manager for the hos- pice, said: “It’s about having fun and not taking yourself too seriously.
“We had schools and hairdressers who took part – lots of people doing different things. It’s very popular and attracts people of different ages.
“We obviously have some patients who don’t have hair at all so it’s lovely for us all to be able to don a wig and do something mad and say ‘it doesn’t matter if you have hair or not, it’s all about having fun.’ People seem to really embrace it.”
Iain Cameron, director of income generation, added: “The uptake this year from all generations and communities has been simply fantastic. St Michael’s relies on support from the community to fundraise the £2.7m needed to keep the hospice open. I would like to thank all those who took part.”