Last Saturday, 17 year old Jack Purkiss, from Eastleigh, voluntarily had his Afro shaved off to raise money for his local hospices for children and young adults, Naomi House & Jacksplace.
Jack has supported the Winchester-based hospice charity over the years via various charity events with his band, so decided to support the hospices again with this unique fundraising activity.
When asked why he decided to embark on the mega makeover, Jack said:
‘I’ve been growing my hair for the past 7-8 years and, over that time, it became one of the main things people associated me with. I figured having this feature that I’m somewhat known for could be used for something good, so I decided to shave it off for charity! In the past I’ve had the chance to see some of the work done by Naomi House & Jacksplace in person, and it’s something I’m really proud to be able to support and be a part of.’
Jack invited friends and family to the Blue Butterfly Studios in Eastleigh on Saturday 14th March to witness what he called the ‘fro disappear’. He documented the occasion with a video, which can be viewed here. Jack tasked himself with raising £300, but quickly surpassed that and has since raised double his target for Naomi House & Jacksplace!
“I wasn’t sure at the start whether it would be successful, or if the goal would even be achievable, but we’ve raised double what was originally planned, which is awesome! Everyone has been incredibly nice and supportive, but none of it would have been possible without Abbie and the people at Blue Butterfly Beauty who organised the haircut.”
Chris Meany, Supporter Services Assistant at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:
‘We feel honoured that Jack chose to shave off his Afro of 8 years for us! Sometimes, hair can complete a person’s identity and cutting it all off can be a daunting challenge. Everyone at Naomi House & Jacksplace wants to thank Jack for raising such an impressive amount and taking on such a brilliant challenge. We hope you’ve invested in a few woolly hats to keep your head warm over the spring, Jack!’
Jack is still accepting sponsorship on his JustGiving fundraising page. To show Jack your support, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jack-purkiss
Naomi House & Jacksplace needs to raise £9.2 million each year in order to run a full service and every single pound raised from Jack’s head shave will support this. The charity receives less than 11% of its income from statutory sources, meaning that the vast majority of the charity’s income comes from the generous donations of individuals, groups and companies. It is this dedicated fundraising that allows the hospices to continue to offer their services to families free of charge.
To find out more about Naomi House & Jacksplace, visit: www.naomihouse.org.uk