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In December 2018, my grandad spent his final days at Jersey Hospice after several weeks in hospital. 

The staff at Jersey Hospice went out of their way, not only to make him as comfortable as possible but our family as well. Both my mum and I were able to stay at the Hospice with him day and night through his final days, meaning we could be at his side when he slipped away in the early hours of the morning. 

Last December, shortly after the second anniversary of his death, I wanted to do something in his memory and to raise much-needed funds for Jersey Hospice who, like so many other valuable charities, had suffered from a loss of fundraising efforts due to the impact of the pandemic. I had thought about shaving my head for charity a few times over the years, and after the general madness of 2020, it felt like an appropriate time to do it. So, on New Year’s Eve, I borrowed a pair of clippers and shaved off all my hair. 

Using social media to share with friends and family, I hit my initial target of £100 within 20 minutes and the number continued to rise quickly. Local photographer Sophie Darwin kindly reached out when she saw the campaign and asked to photograph me to help raise awareness. We included a stuffed penguin made from my grandad’s clothes (a Christmas present from my mum), which made the photos extra special. Overall, I managed to raise over £2,000 thanks to everyone’s generosity, which is more than I had ever hoped. 

My grandad loved when I had pink hair (dying it again was the last thing he asked of me before he passed away), so I like to think he’d have appreciated the buzzcut look too. 

Losing a loved one will always be a horrendously difficult time, but I can’t thank the Jersey Hospice enough for making the process as easy as it could hope to be. 

India