Published date
Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

Fiona Beavan set herself a goal of raising £1,000 for the Stroke Association after her brother, Stuart Lindley, died of a stroke in October 2013.

Fiona, the owner of the Miserable Cow Coffee Bar, decided to have a head-shaving event which came about after having the idea of offering people to come and cut a chunk of her hair off for a donation of £5.

The event, at the Kings Arm Hotel, was well attended by Fiona's friends, family, customers and supporters, and raised £4,138 overall.

Fiona’s nervousness was evident as several young children lined up but she was in the capable hands of local hairdressers Rebecca Sagan and Diane Bugler. 

‘I was more overwhelmed by how many people turned up to support me than losing my crowning glory.  Not only did I have my close family & friends there, but customers from my coffee bar, fellow businesses owners from the town and also so many children who revelled in the entertainment of Russell the amazing balloon man from Pick-n-mix circus.

"I have to personally thank all my friends and local businesses who so generously donated some fabulous raffle prizes and some exceptional donations that were auctioned by my good friend and fellow business owner John Banon. The auction totalled £1,200 and a further £600 on the raffle, with further donations on the just giving site plus donations from all my customers at the coffee bar that helped achieve the amazing amount of £4,138."

Fiona continued; "The shocked look on the audience faces was such a picture but other people joined in, paying to have their head shaved including a chest shave by Andrew Williams. The bravest of all was my friend Big Bird Pam Parry from our local hospital Radio Station NH Sound, who stepped forward for the challenge after my mother Jean Lindley offered to donate £50 if anyone else was willing to have their head shaved."

Supporters of the event were then treated to a surprise dance routine that had been practised in secret for weeks prior to the evening.

"To round the evening off I arranged with the two hairdressers Diane & Rebecca, my dancing buddy Penny Nurse (who helped with the dance routine) and Sacha Child landlady from the Kings Arms hotel, we had all secretly been practising a routine to Grease dressed as the pink ladies with bright pink wigs on.  It was wonderful to see the smiles cheers and clapping from everyone and flattered to be compared to Pans People (even though some of the girls were too young to remember them!) 

"We could not have done this without the wonderful support of Alan Leach from our local NH Sound Radio station who played all the excellent music for the night where people stayed to enjoy the fun until late into the evening. 

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