Dassia's heart leads the way
Dassia Stripe was looking forward to her 10th birthday when she listened to an appeal from Saint Francis Hospice on her mum's favourite radio station: Time FM.
"I heard the Hospice wasn't raising much money because of social distancing, so I wanted to help," Dassia recalled.
Dassia received a Barbie ambulance for her birthday, but also kindly decided to give a gift to others who really need it.
"I was thinking of ways to raise money", she revealed. "When there was a heatwave, my hair was annoying me, so I thought I'd cut it off for charity."
Dassia's waist-long brown locks had been seven years in the making. With a pledge to chop off 17 inches, she set up a GoFundMe page and watched an incredible £474 roll in.
Not wanting her hair to go to waste, Dassia donated her trimmings to the Little Princess Trust — a charity that provides free real-hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.
"It's sad that some children don't have hair because it's a really special thing," she explained. "Their hair is their independence, so they need it. I wanted to let the children know that there are people who care. My heart told me to make other people happy."
Despite being only 10, Dassia has learnt a lot about our Hospice, thanks to her Aunty Maria, who works in our Community Nursing team.
"The Hospice makes a sad time happy for families and creates magical memories," Dassia said. "The patients don't die alone or sad. People need to be happy — especially when it's close to the end of their life."
Dassia has some simple advice for anyone who's considering fundraising for our Hospice:
"Do it and follow your heart. Your heart is leading the way."
"Dassia is so caring," beamed a very proud mum, Astel. "I've always said that when she's older, she'll be a nurse, teacher, or carer. I'm totally in awe that I get to be this lovely little girl's mum."
"Or I want to do a job that helps sick children," Dassia declared.
Next up for Dassia is taking her certificates to school for 'Show and Tell'.
If you have a fundraising idea — no matter how small — then we're here to support you every step of the way. You can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01708 771431.
Thank you for everything you've done for our patients, Dassia!