On Wednesday 22 May, thousands of people across the UK donned wigs at work, at school and with groups of friends to celebrate the second annual Wig Wednesday, raising money and awareness for CLIC Sargent.
The fundraising total currently stands at £40,000, with more Wig Wednesday sponsorship money being sent in every day to our team.
The national press and numerous celebrities also got involved with the fun, most notably Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning, which also featured interviews with former CLIC Sargent service users Francesca Wheatley and Addie Brady.
Anna Penwarden, National Event Manager for CLIC Sargent, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the way Wig Wednesday went and the buzz that generated from everyone who took part. It took a lot of hard work from a lot of people to make it a success but it was all worth it and we’re all looking forward to making it even bigger and better next year.
“We’ve raised a fantastic amount of money already and that total is increasing all the time, but most importantly we showed solidarity with children and young people who often lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment.”
From office ‘wig-offs’ and ‘wig-nics’ to wig-making workshops and wig-catwalks, the range of fundraising activities that took place on Wig Wednesday was astounding.
Here are just a handful of different Wig Wednesday events that took place across the UK on 22 May 2013:
Wigs at school
Hundreds of schools took part, raising valuable funds and teaching their students the importance of showing support for children and young people undergoing treatment for cancer.
Staff from Sullatober Day Nursery in County Antrim donned colourful wigs and hairpieces for the day to raise funds for CLIC Sargent. Lots of the children got involved too and enjoyed some wig-related games in the afternoon.
Staff and pupils at Queen’s Crescent School in Wiltshire wore wigs for the day and even organised a ‘flash dance’ at the end of the school day raising almost £200 for children and young people with cancer.
Carol Boddy, a teacher from the school said: “We are very proud to be supporting CLIC Sargent by taking part in Wig Wednesday. It is a fantastic idea because it is so easy for everyone to get involved and raise some money for an excellent cause.”
Wigs at Work
Workplaces across the UK also got involved in Wig Wednesday in support of children and young people with cancer.
Staff at Scottish and Southern Electric offices in Glasgow, Cumbernauld, Perth, Havant and Basingstoke raised over £5,500 by wearing wigs for the day. Branches of Santander across Scotland also raised almost £5,000 by donning their wigs and asking their customers for donations. Office workers at Aviva in Hampshire proudly tried out some new looks in their wigs and staff at Zurich even took part in a ‘big wig abseil’.
Numerous JD Wetherspoon pubs also got involved, with The Rawson Spring Wetherspoon pub in Sheffield not only encouraging staff to wear wigs but also to make themselves at home by wearing pyjamas and slippers to work!
CLIC Sargent care professionals across the UK couldn’t resist getting their wigs on too and the social workers at The Royal Victoria Infirmary raised over £135 by setting up a stall and selling ‘wig-tastic’ goodies during the day.
Wigs with friends
Sports fans jumped in on the wig action too, with members of netball teams, rugby teams and tennis clubs holding wig related games and events throughout the day.
Strathgryffe Tennis and Squash Club raised £265 by wearing wigs, holding a raffle and a celebrity wig quiz, and the ladies at the Lifeline Netball Club in Surrey raised almost £50 by wearing wigs whilst they played their evening games.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Wig Wednesday event and helped support children and young people with cancer across the UK. We very much hope you'll join us again this time next year!
For more information or to find out how you can organise your own Wig Wednesday event, please contact our team on 0845 121 2492 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.