A team of hairdressers will be cutting, styling and blow-drying all through the day and night in this weekend in a fundraising 24 hour ‘hairathon’.
The crew of six stylists and two assistants at House of Hair in Bishopstoke will be seeing around 150 clients and hope to raise £3000.
The hairdressers aim to raise £10,00 this year through a variety of events in honour of Morgan Penn, the son of Stacey Penn, one of the hairdressers at the salon.
Morgan, 19, was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma in October.
He had been suffering from severe pain in his leg, which doctors initially thought was the result of a football injury. But a scan revealed he had the aggressive form of bone cancer.
Morgan has had surgery to remove a tumour from his bone and has recently completed a course of intense and exhausting chemotherapy. He will now have a full body scan every six weeks for two years.
Funds raised will be split evenly three ways between Morgan’s two chosen charities – the Teenage Cancer Trust and Sarcoma UK, and paying for a holiday for Morgan and his family.
Tracie Sheppard, owner of House of Hair, said the team at the salon felt they had to do something to help when Morgan was diagnosed.
“Morgan’s mum, Stacey, has worked here for more than 20 years, and we have known Morgan since he was a baby,” she said.
So far they have already raised £4,500 through sponsorship for various sporting events, such as the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and the Hendy Eastleigh 10K. They have further sponsored events coming up as well as a cheese and wine evening and a ‘beetle drive’ – an evening of table based games with food and a raffle.
Stacey said that the support of her friends at the salon has been invaluable.
“It definitely helps me to feel so supported,” she said.
“Working and being round the girls definitely helps. They are like my counsellors. They always pick me up.”
The past year has been very tough on Morgan, who was training to become a mechanic at the time of his diagnosis.
“He has a very aggressive form of cancer, so the treatment for it is very strong,” said Stacey.
“He’s exhausted but his grandparents have cheered him up a lot buy buying him a car. He can start going out more and getting his life back. Luckily he has two very supportive friends from school, so they can all start going out together a bit more.”
For updates on the team’s events, visit 4Morgan on Facebook.
Some appointments are still available for the Hairathon. For more information and to book an appointment, call 023 8061 6610.
Source : DailyEcho