A day of wacky fundraising activities at a village pub in Kent raised £4,000 for a children’s charity.
Shepherd Neame pub The Saddler in Minster hosted the event, organised by village resident Etta Bonugli as her 16-year-old daughter Isi has Rett Syndrome – a rare neurodevelopmental disorder usually diagnosed in girls around their first birthday, which is currently incurable.
Etta volunteered to have her shoulder-length hair shaved off at the fun day, and her 18-year-old son Somerset and pub licensee Steve Bamford endured a sponsored leg wax, along with five other male friends who drink regularly at the pub.
A host of other fundraising activities also took place during the day, including karaoke, face painting and glitter tattoos, a raffle and tombola. More than 150 people attended the event, raising £4,000 for children’s charity Reverse Rett, which works to fund research into treatments for Rett Syndrome.
Mum-of-two Etta, 44, said: “Our family has held dozens of fundraising activities over the years since Isi was diagnosed, and I came up with the idea of having my head shaved as I thought it would be entertaining and get people donating! I’ve never had really short hair before, so it has been a bit of a shock, but it was definitely worth it.”
The fun day was a real community event, with village hairdresser Michael Abbott volunteering to shave Etta’s head, and more than 100 raffle and tombola prizes donated by local businesses. Etta’s school friends Ruth Relfe and Penny Osborn also helped organise the fundraiser.
Father-of-two Steve, who runs the pub with wife Nikki, said: “When Henrietta approached me with the idea of holding a fundraiser at the pub, we were delighted to get involved. Our 17-year-old daughter Megan works at Ramsgate beauty salon Pamper and Polish, so she and her boss volunteered to do the leg waxing – which was very painful, but well worth it!”
Etta added: “The generosity and support we have received from everyone in the village has been truly amazing, and we really cannot thank everyone enough. The more money we can raise, the more quickly we will be able to help advance the science that will bring a cure to thousands worldwide.”