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From 19th to 21st July this year, parts of the Wirral are going to look very strange as (usually sane) people will be sponsored to dress as pirates and raise as much money as possible for Claire House Children's Hospice.


As part of this years swashbuckling, I'll be walking my very own personal plank and asking for sponsors to shave my head - all 21 inches of hair! :scared:


The link to my Just Giving page is below and I would be very grateful if you could take the time to look at it and, if you would like to, to make a donation.


Anything you can give would be much appreciated and go towards supporting a fantastic team of people who do a whole world of good.


I've also added some information about the hospice itself in case you would like to know more. I became involved in the fundraising when I found out the hospice had cared for a friend's daughter before she passed away.


Thank you!





Claire House Children's Hospice is all about laughter, positivity and care.


Located on the Wirral, the hospice provides respite, end-of-life and bereavement care for children and young adults with complex medical needs. They're also there to support the whole family, providing support and counselling for as long as is needed.


Their specialist nursing team also works in the community through their Hospice to Home scheme, which offers care and support in the family home.


They look after families from across Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, West Lancashire and the Isle of Man and provide a home-from-home environment for their children and young people, helping enrich their lives so they can live them to the full. During their stay at Claire House, each child has at a minimum of one-to-one care. They can spend time in a hydrotherapy pool, enjoy a music therapy session, sing karaoke, or take part in arts and crafts therapy.


The whole family can be there with them, with private bedrooms and a lounge for Mum and Dad to unwind and take a break from their role of carers.


I can't think of a better reason to lose a couple of feet of keratin.

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I think what scares me most about it is not knowing what shape my head is underneath the hair. Would I have a nice-suits-it-shaved head or would I look like a misshapen potato?


And yes it will grow back and while it does you'll get to try our a variety of styles on the journey!

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I decided to have mine cut from shoulder length to pretty much crew cut, around 20/25 years ago. The hairdresser wasn't sure but I insisted and suddenly she declared that I had a nice shaped head and that my mother (I was in my twenties at the time) wouldn't be upset! I never went back but am reassured that I must still have a nice shaped head. Would I go bald? Probably, I hate my hair and it's still very short so nothing to miss. Will I do that any time soon? Probably not.


I think that you're very brave too.

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As promised, a list of things people have used human hair for - be warned. Do NOT read it if you're having a nice sunday breakfast!


I will be losing my hair in 13 days. When it gets snipped off it will be going to these lovely people who provide real hair wigs for children who have lost their own hair.




But it got me thinking – if I wasn’t doing that, what else could I use it for? So off I went to Google. Not entirely sure you’re going to want to know what else I found out but here they are – uses for human hair arranged in increasing order of the amount they made me retch.


6. Let’s start with the normal. Wigs made of human hair. Naturally blond hair is the most expensive. Then red, then brown. Gee, I feel special.


5. Slightly less usual – human hair can be used to help people grow food – it’s woven into mats to prevent weed growth and protect plant roots. That’s kinda cool.


4. As pest repellent. Bags of human hair around a vegetable plot are meant to keep pests like deer and rabbits away. Either because of the smell or they’re just plain weirded out by it. I know I would be.


3. If I’d lived in Victorian times, I could have embroidered a hankie with my own hair and given it to my loved one. Try that now and I’m not sure I’d still have a loved one. Mind you, if the shock of blowing their nose with actual body parts induced a coronary, I could remember them by wearing a lock of their hair in a pendant. Yum.


2. Voodoo. Hair, fingernails, anything personal gets attached to the Voodoo doll. If you want to know more, Google is your friend. I won't be.


1. In food. Yeah, gonna say that again. In. Food. Or at least it used to be, although not necessarily here. Hair contains an amino acid which can be used as a flour improver. Or in soy sauce. It’s food number is E920. Apparently it gives things a ‘meaty’ taste. Thankfully a little further research shows that E920 is now synthetically produced so the next sliced white you pick up shouldn’t need a shave. Still might give it a miss for a while…

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Final update. Just mopping up stragglers, but between hard copy sponsor forms and on line donations, we raised £1750 so thank you to anyone who contributed. This was done as part of the Pirates for Ellie Weekend in aid of Claire House Children's Hospice. Ellie's family are aiming to raise £6500 to pay for a day's care at Claire House in her memory. With donations from the rest of the pirate weekend, this year's total stands at £3000.


Huge, huuuuuge thank yous - you are all good people! :banana:  :arms:  :flowers:

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