10 Jul 2015

Charity head shave in memory of mum

 Hayley Bowker

“I couldn’t believe it, my target was £30 but it didn’t take long for that to be smashed. The support I got was phenomenal.”

Meet 20 year old lifeguard Hayley Bowker from Suffolk. She raised more than £300 with MyDonate for The Silver Line, a charity that supports older people who feel isolated and vulnerable.

Dark clouds

Hayley decided she wanted to raise money in honour and dedication of her mum, who took her own life in February.

“Although my mum was not really the right age for The Silver Line as she was only 53 when she passed, I thought the work they do every day is great,” Hayley explains.

“The Silver Line offer a hotline for older people who may be feeling very down. For most people, a pleasant chat on the phone is the best way to help remedy those dark clouds.”


Hayley had always wanted to shave her head and now the time seemed right.

So she set up her fundraising page with MyDonate, linked it to her Facebook profile and invited friends and family along to support her big day in March.

Says Hayley: “It was exhilarating getting my head shaved, I’m very proud I did this for my mum.”

Fantastic platform

“It’s a fantastic platform, very clearly set out and it’s free,” says Hayley, explaining why she picked MyDonate to fundraise with.

“All of the donations went to The Silver Line which made me happy, as that’s what I was doing it for.”

Hayley was overwhelmed with the generous support and donations from friends, family and also her mum’s co-workers and customers.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who donated and helped make a difference.”

Thank you Hayley

“We were really touched by Hayley’s story and that she decided to choose The Silver Line as her charity to fundraise for,” says Sarah Caplin, director of policy and communications at The Silver Line.

“We rely on our supporters for their donations to fund The Silver Line, and to help us raise awareness of the helpline and its free, confidential 24/7 phone number 0800 4 70 80 90.

“Thank you so much Hayley for your brave decision to tell your story and shave your head to raise money for us.”

Silver Line is a finalist for The National Lottery Awards Best Charity/Voluntary category. Voting is open till 29 July.

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