A Bedfordshire beauty salon is preparing for the final day of its ear-piercing marathon fundraiser inspired by a teenager who lost his life to a brain tumour.
KG Salon in Barton-le-Clay is donating 50% of the proceeds it makes from ear piercing during the period 25th July to 1st September to Brain Tumour Research in memory of George Fox.
George, known to many as ‘Gorgeous George’, died from a glioblastoma (GBM) in April last year. He was just 13 years old.
Salon director Katie Godfrey said: “George’s mum has used our salon for many years so we know her personally. When we started ear piercing back in February, I thought it would be good to do something special this summer, and really wanted to combine that with supporting Brain Tumour Research in George’s memory.
“Everyone’s been so generous, and we’ve set up a fundraising page for anyone who wants to donate without getting their ears pierced.”
Beautician Marie French is especially proud to be hosting the fundraiser having lost her father, Tim, to the disease last year.
She said: “Dad was kind, caring and funny, and watching him deteriorate so quickly was devastating. His brain tumours affected his mobility and his speech. He couldn’t talk and would cry because he knew what we were saying but couldn’t respond to us. It’s a terribly cruel disease.”
George’s mum Louise said: “When KG Salon contacted us about the ear-piercing marathon in George’s memory, we thought it was a great idea. The fact that local businesses and friends are remembering George and raising much-needed money for Brain Tumour Research means so much.
“George had a horrific 11-month battle against a tumour there is no cure for, and we are broken without him. We won’t ever give up raising awareness and fighting for change in his name.”
To support KG Salon’s fundraising, please visit www.justgiving.com/page/kg-salon-fundraiser