A daring auntie has baldly gone where no fundraiser has gone before, by getting a tattoo and shaving her head to encourage donations before she walks on hot coals in November – all to raise money for Shooting Star Case who care for her five-month-old nephew, Gibson.
25-year-old Samantha Ginn from Godalming in Surrey pledged to get a tattoo of one of The Friendlies once she reached £500 in donations, and after hitting her target in June, Samantha got a permanent reminder of her fundraising efforts by getting Professor Popplepants inked on her shoulder.
After hitting her next fundraising target of £1,500, Samantha fulfilled her promise to shave her head and earlier this week she took the clippers to her long brown hair at Christopher’s, our Guildford-based hospice, in front of family, friends and hospice staff.
Samantha will put her bravery to the test for the final time in November, by joining 150 other fearless folk and walking on hot coals of up to 1200°F at Chiswick Business Park for Shooting Star Chase’s Fire Walk. The thrilling event needs no experience or training; just a big dose of courage and places are still available! Visit shootingstarchase.org.uk/firewalk for more information and to sign up.
Samantha explained why she’s fundraising for Shooting Star Chase: “Before Gibson was born we were told he would have just hours to live due to a lack of development in several areas of his brain. But with Shooting Star Chase’s help both at the hospice and at my sister’s home, he’s now five months old and coming along really well.
“I wanted to raise money for Shooting Star Chase, but knew I’d need to do something different to have the best chance of success. The tattoo was a daunting prospect but losing my hair was on another level! I was so scared, especially because it’s going to take about three years to grow back! Now I’m ready to take on my next challenge and walk over hot coals.
“But what I’m doing is nothing in comparison to the challenges children with life-limiting conditions face. I’ve seen first-hand the amazing support the hospice offers the whole family and if people saw the essential care and happy memories they give I know they’d donate double.”
Kate Law, Challenge Events Fundraiser at Shooting Star Chase, says: “We are bowled over by Samantha’s dedication to fundraising for Shooting Star Chase and her never-ending courage! Like getting a tattoo and having your head shaved, the Fire Walk is certainly a challenge not to be underestimated – but we’re sure Samantha will face it head on!
“We’re so grateful for Samantha’s support and for raising as much money as possible for Shooting Star Chase. Her hard work and bravery will help so many families like hers who are struggling with the diagnosis of a life-limiting condition and need our care.”
To donate to Samantha’s JustGiving page before she completes her last challenge, visit: www.justgiving.com/samantha-ginn