Staff Charity Head Shave Raises Over £500 for The Wish Appeal


Abbeyfield Kent Society-care industry newsLeah Gale and Cheryl Poyner, staff members at Woodgate Residential Home, shaved their heads for The Wish Appeal, raising over £500 for residents of the home.


The two brave ladies shaved their heads on Tuesday 1st September at the Tonbridge home, to raise money for the appeal, which grants wishes for residents living in The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s care homes across the county.


The ladies were a little bit nervous beforehand but felt the cause was worthwhile. “If it can make a wish come true for one of our residents, it is totally worth it,” says Cheryl, senior carer at the home. “We took one of our former residents, Esme, to the beach as part of The Wish Appeal, she has since passed away but it was so wonderful that she got her wish.”


“We are passionate about this because we’ve seen what the appeal can do and the amazing memories it can make.” Leah, activity co-ordinator of the home, says, “we took one resident, Gladys, to the beach with her sons, she doesn’t usually communicate but she was singing when she came back, it’s just a really worthwhile cause.”


The Wish Appeal is a fundraising initiative created by The Abbeyfield Kent Society, a Kent-based charity and housing association, the appeal aims to grant wishes for residents living in our care homes, whether that is a day at a spa or a trip to their hometown.


You can still support Leah and Cheryl’s courageous head shave by donating at


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