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Kayleigh’s charity head shave in memory of late grandmother

Posted on Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 8:17 am by SH (Editor)

Kayleigh Smallcombe of Bradley Stoke, Bristol, who shaved her head to raise money for cancer and dementia charities, in memory of her late grandmother, Rose.

Seventeen-year-old Kayleigh Smallcombe, a Human Resources apprentice working for Circadian Trust at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, has shaved her head to raise money for cancer and dementia charities, in memory of her late grandmother, Rose.

Kayleigh decided to take the plunge after experiencing first-hand the pain of losing someone she loved dearly to dementia. Her decision to do this is a poignant one, as at the young age of 13 she was diagnosed with temporary alopecia, a hair-loss condition which dramatically dented her confidence.

Ever since, she has shielded her condition with 18-inch hair extensions.

Kayleigh explains:

“It’s been a huge decision to have my hair shaved off, given that I’ve worked so hard to get over my alopecia, but I know it’s the right thing to do. Strangely, although the alopecia really knocked my confidence and I suffered from low self-esteem, this time the thought of losing my hair is making me feel more confident. If I can do this, I can do anything, and I want to help in any way I can.”

Erica Cross, Kayleigh’s colleague at Circadian Trust, adds:

“It’s such a brave thing for her to do. We’re all really behind Kayleigh and want her to succeed in raising as much money as possible. She’s very young to have experienced such emotional pain, but we all understand that unfortunately she’s not the only one. We’re really proud of her for using her experience in such a positive way, and wish her all the best in reaching her fundraising target.”

To find out more about Kayleigh’s fundraising efforts or to make a donation, visit

Collage: Kayleigh before and after her charity head shave.

More photos from the charity head shave »

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Tesco Extra staff raise over £200 for dementia charity

Posted on Wednesday 20th July 2011 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Staff at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke, raise money for the Alzheimer's Society

Staff at Bradley Stoke’s Tesco Extra store raised a total of £207 for the Alzheimer’s Society through a sponsored 12-hour indoor sports event on Saturday (16th July).

Workers at the store, who were allowed to wear sport-themed casual clothing for the day, took it in turns to work-out on a multi-trainer and static bike positioned near the customer services desk.

The Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland are Tesco PLC’s Charity of the Year for 2011.

The company aims to raise £5 million over the year, which will be used for research into dementia and to fund a Dementia Community Roadshow.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society said:

“It’s really concerning that six out of ten people with dementia don’t have a diagnosis and so can’t access the support they badly need. The money raised through the Tesco partnership will help us ensure people with dementia don’t face it alone.”

“Anyone who is concerned about their memory should visit their GP. If you’d like our Roadshow to visit a Tesco near you, visit us at and let us know.”

Read on to find out more about Tesco’s Charity of the Year scheme »

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