Customers boarding the buses of fourteen Nottingham City Transport drivers won’t be asking for half-fare later this month, but asking why they’ve only got half hair!
The team of bus drivers are shaving half of their hair or beard off on the morning of 13th August to raise money for Hayward House. Based at the Nottingham City Hospital, Hayward House offers palliative care from diagnosis, through the interim periods of advancing disease, up to and including end of life care.
For the fundraising organiser Andy Godfrey, Hayward House is a very special place because it’s where his mum and dad passed away. The fundraising is to thank the amazing team at Hayward House who looked after Andy and his parents and to support others in similar situations.
Joining Andy will be thirteen of his driving colleagues, who took no time to sign up for the half hair or beard shave after they were touched by his story or their own experiences. Bex Barnett, Allan Laird, Patrick Swaine, Daniel Milne, lee Rigley, Pete Martin, Ray Burton, Claudette Martin, Craig Toft, TJ Mullins, Daniel Lane, Kim Kirkham and Aaron Bowen will participate in the cut, which is taking place on an NCT double decker bus.
Andy said, “Hayward House means a lot to me and many other people because of the care and compassion shown by the fabulous team who work there. My parents both passed away at Hayward House due to cancer, with my Dad in 1997 and my Mum in 2014. I’ve wanted to put something back for a long time and I am overwhelmed by the support from my fellow drivers joining in with the fundraising”.
Marianne Burchell, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We are so grateful to the team at Nottingham City Transport for this fun and eye-catching fundraising event, and for their ongoing support. All of the money raised will go towards supporting Hayward House, the palliative care centre at City Hospital. It will make a real difference to patients and their families by helping fund things like art therapy, complementary therapy and counselling sessions, at what can be a very difficult time in their lives.”
To support this great cause, donations are welcome through their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nctdrivershalfheadhalfbeardshave or in collection tins at the NCT Travel Centre in the Old Market Square.
The Little Princess Trust, who provide real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss as well as fund vital research into childhood cancer, will receive the hair that is cut and Nottingham City Transport will be matching £ for £ the monies raised by the team.