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Son chops his locks in memory of late dad
Lee Bennett raised thousands for our services by saying goodbye to his head of hair.
29-year-old Lee raised an incredible £2,571.50 for our care when he braved the shave in memory of late dad Brian Bennett.
After being diagnosed with cancer in 2015, Brian had benefitted from the Hospice at Home service provided by us, before passing away in October. This is one of a range of services provided to those suffering from life-limiting illnesses in Havering, Brentwood, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and West Essex.
"The Hospice at Home service helped my dad massively, keeping him comfortable over the years and allowing him to stay at home with his loved ones around him," said Lee, from Collier Row.
"Not only did they look after my dad and make his last days much happier, they also cared and supported the rest of my family in such a horrible time.
"People don't realise how amazing places like Saint Francis Hospice are until something awful happens to them. I wanted to give something back and all I could give at the time was my hair!" said Lee, who shaved it all off on the 29th June, which would've been his dad's birthday.
Lee after he braved the shave
Lee's initial target was £500 which he managed to triple with the support of his friends, family, and their local social club, the Royal British Legion in Collier Row, where he and his dad often played snooker.
Lee approached the club to help him raise as much money as possible and they agreed, hosting the hair shave with hampers and raffles to bring in extra money.
On the day, Lee's friend who is a hairdresser, sectioned off his hair so that every family member could have a part in the fundraiser, with siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins all taking part.
Lee before and during the big shave
Lee had been growing his hair for three years and had wanted it to come off for a while. He said, "It felt weird when it was all shaved off but it was a huge relief because it had become so overgrown.
"At first I didn't expect to get the amount of money I did, but people have been so overly generous. I'm so happy to be able to donate the money to such a worthwhile cause!"