Thu. Oct 28th, 2021

Isle of Wight Observer News

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Braving the shave in Ryde for Mountbatten

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Five intrepid fundraisers 'braved the shave' in the Ryde sunshine yesterday to raise much-needed funds for Mountbatten

Five Southern 360 support workers specialising in learning disabilities at Southern Housing Group’s 22
Argyll Street care home in Ryde, Isle of Wight, have ‘braved the shave’ in the name of charity. Leonie,
Rob, Tracey, Heidi and Simon all agreed to have their locks chopped to raise money for the
Island’s Mountbatten Hospice.

Emma Bound, Care and Support Registered Manager for Southern 360 explained: “Our support
workers wanted to raise funds to help our local hospice. Mountbatten has been there for our residents
and team members during some difficult times and now, with charities being hit hard by Covid-19, the
team wanted to help.”

The hair-raising experience saw residents and staff come together to help shave hair from the five
brave members of staff.

Tracey MacNeill, Southern 360 Learning Disability Support Worker said: “It’s a tough time for everyone
so we wanted to do something fun for our residents to enjoy watching that would also raise money for
charity. Although the lockdown means we can’t do some of our normal fundraising activities, we came
up with the idea of having our hair shaved at the home.”

Mountbatten’s CEO, Nigel Hartley, commented: “We are really grateful for Southern Housing Group’s
fundraising efforts and their video certainly raised a smile or two. During lockdown it’s nice to know
people are thinking of us. Unfortunately, our annual Walk the Wight fundraising event had to be
cancelled this year, so every donation from the local community helps.”

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