In 1982 ago my uncle and auntie after losing their first born son Valentino to leukaemia, set up The Alternative Hair Show, a hair show to raise money and awareness for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Now in its 32nd year it has grown to one of the biggest hair shows in the hairdressing industry attracting hair artists and over 5000 spectators to the Royal Albert Hall in London for a spectacular show. The annual event has raised over £8 million for research.
Sixteen years ago I also lost my younger brother to leukaemia when I was 6 and Giacomo was only 4 years old. This year I will be completing a skydive in memory of him and also to raise money for leukaemia research.
Every day, children and their families are struggling to battle this blood cancer. Without research into new treatments they wouldn't be able to do what we would all want - FIND A CURE. Raising money isn't always about doing something for you, a life goal, a thrill to seek, a personal goal. It's sometimes about giving back.
The Alternative Hair Show also take a trip with children and their families all living with leukaemia to Disney Land Paris for a weekend. Seeing first hand what a smile it brings to children and their families when they get a break from doctors surgeries, hospital wards, and the daily battle with having to fight for that child, brother, sister, son or daughter is so warming that you feel you need to do something to give back.
That's why I chose a skydive, it's a new experience for me and I'm looking forward to seeing what the money will do and to be doing my own ALTERNATIVE fundraising.
I hope that everyone out there finds something to do to raise money, and remember that whatever you do choose to do, it will make a difference, not just for the children who have leukaemia but the families who are living with it too.