Eastleigh hair salon's colourful response to Rainbow Centre plight

BRIGHT STUFF: Titanium Hair in Eastleigh held an event to help The Rainbow Centre.

BRIGHT STUFF: Titanium Hair in Eastleigh held an event to help The Rainbow Centre.

First published in News

THEY came out in all the colours of the rainbow to save a children’s charity.

When Donna Smith read in the Daily Echo that The Rainbow Centre in Fareham would have to close at the end of Easter if it did not find £150,000, she was keen to help.

The 41-year-old who owns Titanium Hair Salon in Eastleigh gathered her staff, friends and family and held a fundraising event at her salon.

Donna was moved by the story because her nine-year-old son Samuel was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy when he was four years old.

Although the Shakespeare Junior Schoolboy is active, Donna understands how much other families depend on charities like The Rainbow Centre, which needs £47,500 a month to keep running.

She is the latest person to get behind the centre which needs to raise £150,000 before the end of Easter or it would have to close its doors and put staff on unpaid leave while it continued fundraising.

But less than a week into their campaign to raise the money, the centre was already up £75,000 in its fundraising thanks to the public.

It is hoped the £150,000 will be enough to get the charity back on its feet so long-term fundraising initiatives can pay dividends.

Donna said: “Everybody’s been amazing.

“I feel guilty having a child with a disability. You always think it was your fault but he plays tennis, he cycles and goes swimming. He’s normal other than the fact he walks on his tiptoes. We’re very lucky.”

Donna said the event raised £818.

  • To donate ring 01329 289500, text RBOW21 and the donation amount to 70070, log on to rainbowcentre.org or send a cheque payable to “The Rainbow Centre” to The Rainbow Centre, Bradbury Building, Palmerston Drive, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 1BJ.

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