Salon smash fundraising target

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A Whitley Bay salon is celebrating raising more than £800 over the Christmas period for a charity close to their hearts.

So&Sohairdressing on Park View dressed up every Saturday of December to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) following the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in Ewan and Kai Foster, the two little boys of owner Jenny.

Ewan was first diagnosed in July 2010 when he was eight years old.

Jenny said: “We had no experience of the condition and so it came as a complete shock.

“We have spent the last three and a half years slowly coming to terms with the fact Ewan will be insulin dependant for the rest of life while teaching him how to look after himself but most importantly making sure he understands that it doesn’t need to stop him doing anything!

“We decided to have our salon staff dress up for every Saturday in December and then on Xmas Eve too we thought it would be great to use it as a reason to raise funds for JDRF whichi is committed to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes at the same time as getting into the Christmas spirit and raising awareness of the condition.”

Two weeks in to the fundraising, on Friday 13th December, Ewans younger brother Kai, 9 was diagnosed with the condition too.

Jenny added: “Luckily as we are acutely aware of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes and were able to catch Kai’s diagnosis at an early stage and he was fortunate enough not to become really poorly.”

The efforts of their fundraising helped raise a total of £832 for JDRF, more than ouble their expectations.