Funeral director supports local hospice with lockdown head shave

A funeral director is getting the most out of his overdue haircut in lockdown by having a complete head shave, raising hundreds of pounds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne.
Lee Howard, Area Development Manager for Funeral Partners in Sussex, will livestream going under his fiancé’s clippers after reaching his £600 fundraising target for the Hospice, which provides support for those in the final stages of their life.
Lee, who is based at Payne & Sons Funeral Directors in Eastbourne, said: “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.
“St Wilfrid’s Hospice provides invaluable care for people in the last phase of their lives and their families, which is more important now than ever.”
Lee fundraises regularly for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, having most recently raised £570 by staying locked in Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress until reaching his target for the hospice’s Jail and Bail event.
Lee was scheduled to take part in the hospice’s Bubble Rush fundraiser in May, however after the event was delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, he decided to raise funds on his own.
Lee said: “Since the birth of my daughter, my hairline has started to thin out and recede.
“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.”
Lee has so far raised nearly £500 for his initiative through JustGiving, the online fundraising platform, which has already paid for a nurse in St Wilfrid’s in-patient unit for two days.
Georgia Hendry, spokesperson for the Hospice, said: “St Wilfrid’s relies on the support of the community for 70% of the funds needed to provide specialist support to end of life patients and their loved ones.
“While we can’t run our own events, it’s brilliant to see supporters like Lee taking fundraising into their own hands and making it their own. We are immensely grateful for Lee’s continued support.”
Donations can be made to Lee’s initiative at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lee-howard777, where he will livestream the head shave to donors upon reaching his goal.
For more information about Payne & Sons, which has been serving the communities of Eastbourne and Hampden Park for ten years, see www.funeraldirectorseastbourne.com/

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