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Challenge for Charity

Posted at 10:12 am on 6th November, 2019

Wellacre's Mr Dougherty Fundraises for Cystic Fibrosis

Assistant Head of House, Mr Dougherty, gathered staff and students to take part in a charity head-shaving event for the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre in memory of childhood friend and previous Wellacre student, Mike Goodwin, who passed away recently. 

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Staff and students were invited to purchase £1 raffle tickets for the opportunity to take control of the clippers in order to shave Mr Dougherty's hair on 18th October.  

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Tickets were drawn and the lucky winners were brought up to take on the role of barber and shave Mr Dougherty’s locks completely off, bit by bit for comedy effect!

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Several students enjoyed the opportunity, alongside Principal Miss Wicks and Teaching Assistant, Mrs Lalley.  In total, the charity head-shave raised £180. 

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Mr Dougherty said:

“I would like to thank everyone for their support.  Wellacre students have shown me such huge respect and support whilst fundraising.” 

Alongside this charity event, Mr Dougherty also took part in an additional event which saw Mike’s family and friends, including three former Wellacre students, tackle Mount Snowdon and complete another charity head-shave at the summit!

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Gathering on 26th October, the team set off on a 4-hour trek at 6.00am, taking time to enjoy the sunrise and reflect on the reasons for the sponsored climb.  

Once they reached the summit, ex-Wellacre students Jonathan and Oliver, had all their hair shaved!

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Mr Dougherty added:

“The Snowdon climb was a tough and emotional day but we all showed great resilience, love and encouragement to one another.  It was a great day with great people and the endless support encouraged us all to smash it!” 

“We have decided to keep raising awareness and challenging ourselves every year; we’re thinking that next year might be The Three Peaks.”

As a team, the group raised £2,095.36 and all monies raised will go to the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre at the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.  The centre is one of the largest and longest established adult Cystic Fibrosis centres in the UK.