Our latest Hospice Hero is certainly feeling the cold a bit more now she’s had all her hair shaved off.
Lucy-Ann Rogers opted to have her head shaved to say thank you to Trinity Hospice for looking after her grandmother Jane Rogers – a well known union campaigner in Blackpool.
Jane spent two weeks at the hospice, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, before she died of lung cancer in January last year.
Lucy-Ann said: “I went to visit nanna a lot in Trinity and the’yre amazing there. I can’t describe how good they were.
“When I first went there I thought it was a place people just went to die and that’s it, but it’s not like that. They really looked after her, chatted with her and she was really comfortable and peaceful in the end, and that’s the most important thing.”
Jane, 65, was diagnosed with lung cancer just two months before her death.
Lucy-Ann, 26, said several fund-raisers were held in her nanna’s memory last year, but she wanted to do something that was just from her.
So on Saturday up to 80 people piled into Reflections Bar on Church Street, Blackpool, to watch as Lucy-Ann had her head shaved while taking part in a raffle and charity auction.
She said: “We raised £229 on the night and I’m collecting sponsorship this week. Hopefully I’ll have around £600 for Trinity.
“People really got involved, and a signed Blackpool shirt reached £42 at auction which is brilliant.
“The whole event went really well, and nanna was definitely there with us too.”
And of her new look she added: “People are really surprised about how much it suits me, and they’re all really proud of me.
“I just hope it warms up soon as I’m really feeling the cold.”
Lucy-Ann, a mother-of -one from Marton, has agreed to donate her money to Trinity through our Hospice Heroes appeal, which is helping to pay for a massive refurbishment at the hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
“I just want to help as much as I can,” she said.
We need to raise £200,000 in our campaign, which will help make Trinity and Brian House fit for the future with the biggest programme of works in the hospice’s 28-year history.
Our money will be put together with a £280,000 government grant.