Isle fundraiser is top of the crops

An Isle beauty therapist has helped raise over £700 for a hospice in memory of her mother thanks to the support of students and staff at the college where she studies.

Fiona Pears, aged 50, had 17 inches of her glossy mane of hair cut off in aid of Lindsey Lodge Hospice, in memory of her late mum Pamela Hunt, who passed away there in 2017.

And when fellow students and staff from Scunthorpe’s North Lindsey College found out about her fundraising feat, they decided to dedicate their annual charitable activities and events to support her cause.

Fiona from Epworth is set to complete her Level 3 Beauty Therapy studies in the next few weeks.

She said: “My mum received the best possible care at Lindsey Lodge Hospice, so I wanted to do something to say thank you to them for all their lovely support.

“I’ve always had very long hair, and thought a charity haircut would be a fitting way to raise money, so when I told everyone at North Lindsey’s ORA training salon, they not only sponsored me, they chose to support me in my fundraising held a whole range of raffles and events around Christmas and for Lindsey Lodge Hospice.”

The Burringham Road based hospice provides free of charge specialist palliative care for day and inpatient patients with life limiting illnesses from North Lincolnshire, including symptom management, emotional support and end of life care.

Hospice Fundraiser Sharon Tune said: “On behalf of everyone at Lindsey Lodge I’d like to say a massive thank you to Fiona and everyone at North Lindsey College for their wonderful support. Every penny we receive goes towards providing the best possible care to our patients and their families.”

Fiona added: “I was a bit worried about what my dad would think of my new look, but he loves it and says I’ve done my mum proud.

“I’d like say a special thank you to Salon Manager Kerry Bainbridge for all her help and support and also to Hairdressing Tutor Carrie Lynham for giving me such a fantastic haircut.”

At Lindsey Lodge staff put patients at the heart of everything they do by providing first-class specialist care to those in North Lincolnshire with any progressive life-limiting illness.

Set in idyllic grounds on the edge of Scunthorpe, the facility provide all-round care. The hospice is independent from the NHS and receives only 17 per cent funding of £3.3 million running costs- the remainder must be raised by donations.

n For more information about Lindsey Lodge Hospice visit www.lindseylodgehospice.org.uk