During the Covid-19 crisis, when we have unfortunately had to cancel a number of our fundraising events, we have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have taken fundraising into their own hands. Some of you have been running marathons and half marathons, while others have been colouring in our printable dove templates for a small donation, or, in Lee Howard’s case, shaving your head.

Lee, an Area Development Manager for Funeral Partners in Sussex, based at Payne & Sons Funeral Directors in Eastbourne, is trying to raise £600 for St Wilfrid’s, after which he will be going under his fiancé’s clippers on livestream and having a complete head shave.

‘As a funeral director, too often I’m surrounded by those facing up to cancer and the grief and loss when someone dies. Sadly, that includes a member of my own family and my best friend’s dad.’ said Lee.

He is no stranger to raising money for the hospice and tries to fundraise at least twice a year. In 2019, he took part in our Jail and Bail event, where he was locked up in Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress and raised an incredible £570. He was also scheduled to take part in our Bubble Rush event at the end of May, however it was when we had to delay this event that he decided to raise funds on his own.

‘Anyone that knows me knows I’m someone who tries to take care of their appearance. Since the birth of my daughter, my hair has been slowly falling out and thinning to the point of needing to do something about it. I haven’t yet been brave enough to shave my hair, until now.

‘I can’t visit a barber due to social distancing, so I’m therefore ready to have it all cut off for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.’

So far he has raised nearly £500 through JustGiving, which has already paid for a nurse in our Inpatient Unit for two days.

If you would like to donate and help Lee get to his target, you can visit his JustGiving page here