An Amersham woman caring for the elderly honoured her pledge to shave her head to raise money for a special table.

Pratt House, a dementia-friendly care home for older people in Amersham ran by the Abbeyfield Society, celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a grant party with music and buffet lunch in the home’s garden.

Friends and family joined the staff and residents for the main draw of the event as the home’s manager Alice Dunning shaved her hair to raise money to buy an interactive table from Tovertafel – a Dutch name for magic table.

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Alice said, “The residents and staff were given a demonstration of Tovertafel recently, which they very much enjoyed. The benefits are clear so we would like to make it a permanent feature of our home.

“I’ve had a lot of people telling me not to shave my head, but I found it quite exciting. I actually quite like my new style – it’s certainly a lot easier to manager, and fortunately with the weather we’ve been having it’s not too cold either!”

The home also donated funds to Cancer Research UK, because staff and one of Alice’s family members were battling cancer.

Adding to her fundraising efforts is Head of Care, Leah James, who undertook a 300 miles cycling challenge, completing the final few miles on a static bike at the party.

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Leah said, “I’ve really enjoyed my challenge, especially knowing it is going towards a good cause. Seeing the fun and laughter of the residents has really given me the oomph to do this.”

Alice added, “We have raised about £2,000 towards our £8,000 target so far through donations via our Facebook page and elsewhere, but there’s still a long way to go. We’ll be having a couple of car washes on July 30and August 27 outside the home, and we’re also planning a car boot sale following some kind donations of things we can sell.

“People have been really generous so far and it would be great to get some support from the community at these events.”

To donate to Pratt House’s fundraising efforts, please visit their Facebook donation page  here