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FebBRAINairy

FebBRAINairy
It's cold in February, but that's what woolly hats are for. FebBRAINairy is your chance to show your support for those who have their heads shaved for brain surgery, by having yours shaved to raise funds for Smile4Wessex. In...
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2017 Smile4Wessex Christmas...

2017 Smile4Wessex Christmas Cards Sold Out
Sorry if you missed them, but our 2017 Smile4Wessex Christmas Cards have sold out. Thank you to all who purchased packs and we hope you have an enjoyable festive season and a very happy and healthy New Year.
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Brave febBRAINairy volunteers...

Brave febBRAINairy volunteers raise over £11,000
A total of 11 brave souls volunteered to have their heads shaved for our inaugural 'febBRAINairy' fundraising event, collectively raising a quite incredible £11,182 for Smile4Wessex. Throughout February (and into March),...
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Linda’s Life Turns Full...

Linda’s Life Turns Full (Epileptic) Circle!
When Linda Littlechild, then 38, was first diagnosed with Epilepsy it was not only a daunting time for her, but the whole Littlechild family. It was also the beginning of a difficult and sometimes frightening journey, but one which...
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'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  
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You Smile, We Smile,...

You Smile, We Smile, They Smile - Promo Video Launched
We're delighted to reveal the new promotional video about Smile4Wessex - You Smile, We Smile, They Smile.  You may find it moving, emotional, uplifting, inspirational, or a combination of all those things, but we hope...
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Graham Hayes' 60km Walk

Ex-Royal Marine Bandsman Graham Hayes may be used to marching, but he recently entered the 60km (37.5 miles) 'Just Walk' challenge across the South Downs in support of Smile4Wessex. Graham, whose Hayes Music stores can be found in Southampton and Romsey, finished in 5th place in an incredible time of just 10 hours and 20 minutes. Here, in his own words, is the story of Graham's day.

"It was 6:30am and I was sat in the Grandstand at Goodwood Racecourse. Somewhere behind the fog was 60km of stunning West Sussex countryside waiting to be explored. The 37.5 mile route was mainly off road taking in bridle paths, tracks and trails including the South Downs Way.....oh, and plenty of hills!!

After a bacon roll, and a quick group warm-up we formed on the start line. Joined by another 150 or so walkers it was time to start our adventure. The event was organised by the ‘Just Walk' group who did a brilliant job, fully stocked rest stations and the all important route arrows. As the legs began to tire it became a comforting sight every time you saw one, easy to follow and reassuring to know you were heading in the right direction.

The fog soon lifted and a glorious day developed as the kilometres passed by. I had no game plan or strategy so just walked at a pace that suited me. The scenery offered plenty of distractions, as did the numerous bizarre topics and thoughts that popped into my head, and of course I had music – must have marched along to every Kenneth Alford composition I could remember!!!

Two key points of the day, firstly the 30km mark. I was half way, every step I took now was taking me one step closer to the finish. And secondly at the 40km point, one of the longest, steepest hills I think I've ever walked. Once at the top my brain told me that everything else had to be downhill (as it turned out it wasn't, but I didn't know that at the time!!)

After 10 hours and 20 minutes my walking journey was completed as I crossed the finish line in 5th place. More importantly was the self satisfaction of my achievement, I'd pushed the boundaries of my mind and body and accomplished something to be proud of. This of course is what the charity is all about, pushing boundaries, and I'm extremely grateful to be involved in my small way."

Our sincere thanks to Graham for his fantastic support, and for encapsulating in his last sentence why he and so many others put their bodies through the pain barrier for Smile4Wessex.

Keep Smiling!