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Hair today, gone tomorrow

Thursday 20th September 2018

10-year-old Mitchell Strachan has raised £400 for St. Vincent’s Hospice as part of their 30th Anniversary by growing his hair for 30 weeks straight.

Finally getting his haircut this week at First Class Barbers in Johnstone, Mitchell has become the first person since Renfrewshire Provost, Lorraine Cameron, to complete their own 30 Challenge for the Hospice.

St. Vincent’s is a specialist provider of palliative and Hospice care for individuals and families who are affected by life-limiting conditions, as well as bereavement support and counselling for children and young people who have suffered the loss of a loved one, from all across Renfrewshire.

Commenting on the challenge, Senior Fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Hospice (and Mitchell’s Mum), Louise Strachan, said: “This year, as part of the 30th Anniversary Celebrations, we are encouraging people to take on a challenge to raise vital funds for the Hospice, the only rule being that is has to include the number 30.

“I am so proud of Mitchell for being one of the very first people to not only accept, but stick out the challenge, especially dedicating so much time to it. This was extremely difficult for him, going on holiday during this time and taking part in football practice (when he sometimes was struggling to see through his locks!”

Mitchell, primary six at Howwood Primary, said he wanted to take on the challenge to: “raise as much money as possible for St. Vincent’s, because the people who go there are very sick and need help.”

Louise added: “More than half the money required to run the Hospice and take care of so many people is generated directly from voluntary donations and fundraising efforts from the community. The 30 Challenge is a fun and lighthearted way that you can do your part to generate vital funds. We can’t do this without your support, so please, take part!”

What do we need you to do? 

  • Undertake your own #30Challenge! 
  • Send us a video, or some photos of you doing it either on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag: #30Challenge
  • Text "STVH30 £1" (or however much you would like to donate) to 70070 to help us care for people and families affected by life limiting conditions. 
Hair today, gone tomorrow