On Sunday 23rd May 10-year-old Harvey Pegram shaved his head to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in memory of his great nan, Ivy. Below he has kindly shared more about his fundraising and how it feels to be without his hair!

‘In 2018 my lovely Grannan, Mrs Ivy Elsey, was really ill and had to be looked after by the Nurses, Doctors and staff at St Wilfrid’s Hospice. In the last few weeks of her life my Nana, Lynne, cared for Grannan so that she could stay at home. My Nana said that it was the hospice’s 24/7 Nurse Line that helped her to look after Grannan at home until she died.

Harvey with his Grannan, Ivy

‘Although it’s been three years since my Grannan died, I think of her nearly every day and I decided I really wanted to do something to help the hospice. I had really long “lockdown hair” so I thought instead of going to the hairdressers when they opened, I would have it all shaved off and raise money.

‘I wanted to raise £50, and I was amazed to see how many people were supporting me to do this crazy thing. Very quickly I raised £200 and then £300 and then when I had my head shaved, I had raised over £500!

‘I felt really excited about having it done. I thought it was a great adventure until the Sunday morning came and then I started to feel a bit scared. I was worried that when grandad Nigel was cutting my hair, the razor would go crazy and give me a great big tramlines everywhere!

Before, during and after Harvey's head shave

‘It took about seven minutes to cut all my hair off. It was really funny and tickled and got up my nose. Grandad Nigel pretended he cut my ear off by showing me blood, but it was actually tomato ketchup!

‘It doesn’t feel cold and I won’t have to brush my hair before school for a while!

‘I feel really happy that I’ve done this, and I hope that the money will go towards something the hospice needs and that will help the patients. I really enjoyed having my head shaved for the hospice in memory of my Grannan.’

We are very grateful to Harvey for his support; you can still donate to his JustGiving page here.

If you have been inspired by his story and would like to do your own fundraising, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Fundraising Team at [email protected] or call 01323 434241.

Harvey’s Nana, Lynne Phair is taking part in our Wilfride in September. Ivy was Lynne’s mum, and she kindly shared a bit more about the care that Ivy received from the hospice:

'In the spring of 2018, my mum became terminally ill with COPD. She desperately wanted to die at home and a Community Nurse Specialist from the hospice worked with the NHS Community team, GP and Home Care Services to support her wish. She had a week on the Inpatient Unit to manage her symptoms and felt totally at peace.

Lynne (left) and Ivy (right)

'For the last 10 days of her life I was able to care for her at home with community support and the 24/7 Nurse Line. They were always just a call away, supporting and guiding me and liaising with professionals night or day. Mum died at home on 27th July 2018.’

You can sponsor Lynne and follow her training progress here.

There is still time to sign up to the Wilfride and be part of this once in a lifetime adventure. For more information email [email protected]