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I cannot believe it was a whole two months ago that I made my donation to Parity, the time has flown!

I was so overwhelmed by your response. The ladies at Parity told me some of you had travelled hours and there was a queue all the way out the front door! We managed to raise over £1,000 in just two days!

So many of you messaged me showing me the bargains you picked up and I can’t even begin to express how happy it made me. Not only that you found items you love but that in doing so you helped to support such a great charity.

So I just couldn’t help myself! I popped back into Parity today and donated a whole load more. All of my Autumn/Winter pieces that aren’t getting enough attention from me. Some of them are brand new, some worn once or twice but they’re all in excellent condition. There are more clothes, shoes, bags and accessories!

As before, the clothes are on wire hangers with a (very dated) business card attached so they should be easy to find.

All of the items pictured have been donated and many more so if you’re nearby pop in and grab yourself a bargain, they will all be ready and waiting tomorrow!

 

Parity for Disability
69 Camp Rd
Farnborough
GU14 6EP

 

Find out more about Parity and why I chose to donate to them in my previous post

 

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Photos by Michaela Tornaritis 

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On Saturday 2nd September I shaved my hair at a local pub to help raise the £30,000 Enzo needs for Stem-Cell Treatment.

On the day we managed to raise an incredible £672.69!

I’d like to say a massive thank you to The William Cobbett for hosting our event. Thanks to all of my friends and family who helped out so much on the day, there’s no way I could have raised so much without you. Thank you to Michaela for travelling all the way to document the day. And a huge thank you to everyone who came and donated so very generously.

Added to our Just Giving page it brings our current total to over £5,000!!

All that’s left to say is a massive thank you to all of you who have helped to share our fundraising page, for all of your donations, and for your continued lovely messages and support.

Our page is still open until 1st December so please continue to share and donate whatever you can!

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/shavingmyheadforenzo

 

Lots of love,

Chloe xx

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At the beginning of August I took my mum away to Cote D’Azur for her birthday. We stayed in a small beach town called Cagnes Sur Mer, a ten minute drive from Nice Airport.

The town itself was stunning, each tiny road was as beautiful as the next, and the water was bluer and clearer than I’ve ever seen before.

We stayed in a lovely junior suite at Chateau Le Cagnard on the hilltop, if you’re looking for a little getaway I couldn’t recommend it more.

 

The locals were super friendly and the food was delicious everywhere we went. We made a few friends during our short trip, and even got invited back to go on someone’s boat (he definitely fancied my mum).

But anyway, this post was supposed to be less reading and more looking so here’s some of my favourite shots from the trip.

 

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The title isn’t click bait, I really am shaving my hair off. But don’t worry, it’s not a Britney 2007 incident.

I’m shaving my hair off, on Saturday 2nd September (Two weeks today!), to help my lovely friend Enzo raise the £30,000 he needs for Stem Cell Treatment.

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This is Enzo, he’s 4 years old (nearly 5!). Enzo was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was only a few months old. You might be wondering how we became friends so I’ll give you a little background.

My little brother, Dylan, was severely disabled, he had Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. About a year after Dylan died I decided to volunteer through a charity that had supported Dylan and my family, called Sebastians Action Trust, to help support a local family with a disabled child. This support could have been anything from helping with shopping to basic household chores or being a playmate, whatever the family preferred. I was paired with Enzo and his family and honestly, the Trust couldn’t have picked a better match. I very quickly fell in love with Enzo’s cheeky personality (and handsome face of course) and instantly clicked with Enzo’s mum, Caroline. I actually only visited once through the charity before we exchanged numbers and for the last two years I’ve been welcomed as a family friend instead of a volunteer.

DSC00835.jpgI feel so lucky to be able to watch Enzo and his little brother Luca grow and develop. I volunteered to help Enzo and his family but I think they’ve actually been the ones helping me. When Dylan passed away I had no one to be silly for, no one to entertain and interact with in the way that I’d known for my whole life with D. Becoming such great friends with Enzo has helped me so much with my grieving process and helped me to keep hold of that silliness. So when Caroline and Enzo’s dad, Dan, told me they wanted to do a second round of Stem Cell treatment I desperately wanted to find a way to help them fundraise.

When I was about seven or eight years old I heard about someone shaving their head for charity and I decided that if Dylan ever needed money raised I would shave my hair off for him. Unfortunately when Dylan got ill there was nothing I could do, there was no treatment and no amount of money could have helped him.

I’ve seen first hand the effect that the first round of Stem Cell Treatment had on Enzo, his progress was incredible to watch. There is of course no guarantee that the second round will have the same effect but if it does it could improve Enzo’s quality of life drastically and hopefully lead to him living independently when he’s older. I knew straight away that I wanted to shave my hair for Enz, for a chance at a better quality of life for such a kind and funny boy, and I know Dylan would want me to.

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Please sponsor whatever you can on the fundraising page and help to share and raise awareness with the hashtag #EnzosStemCellAppeal

I will be shaving my head at a local pub, The William Cobbett, in Farnham. With the help of the lovely landlady and staff we will be hosting a fundraiser from 3pm on Saturday 2nd September. If you live nearby come down for a lovely day full of fun and of course to watch me get the chop!

Please RSVP on the Facebook Event Page so we know how many people to expect. And don’t worry if you live too far away or can’t make it, I will be streaming my shave live on Facebook and Instagram!

 

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Do you live in Farnborough? Or Aldershot, Farnham, Frimley, Fleet, Camberley, Guildford? Anywhere near? Ringing a bell?

If so, you might want to head to the Parity charity shop in Farnborough (View on Map).

 

Parity is a fantastic local charity that has been running day services for disabled children and adults for over 25 years.

When a disabled child reaches 18 years old or leaves full time education the amount of support they receive reduces drastically.

My brother, Dylan, would have been 20 this year and would have left full time education. One of the greatest concerns for my parents was what would happen when he did leave school. Where would he go? What could he do on a daily basis that would keep him as stimulated and entertained as school had?

Parity was started by parents who had exactly the same concerns and for who there were no continuation services at the time. They started running Parity from a scout hut and have worked tirelessly over the last 25 years to expand the charity and provide for as many people as possible, and now have three day centers in the local area.

Unfortunately like all charities of this kind there is very limited official funding so they rely heavily on fundraising and their three charity shops to meet their £170,000 a year running cost.

We chose to support them because a lot of Dylan’s friends who he grew up with and went through school with now use Parity and it makes us happy to know that it would have been there for him too.

Earlier this week I donated a whole load of my wardrobe to the Parity shop in Farnborough. When I say a load I mean a loaaaaaadd. Seriously, I donated more than I kept. There is everything from barely worn clothes, brand new clothes with labels, bikinis, lace bras, active wear, shoes, bags, hats, makeup, jewellery, the works!

All of the clothes are on white hangers with a (very dated) business card attached so they should be easy to find.

All of the items below have been donated and many more so if you’re nearby pop in and grab yourself a bargain!

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