Lowri Vaughan-Hadley has won this year’s Diabetes UK Cymru Inspire Award for fundraising, after using her skills as a beautician to raise almost £3,000.
Lowri, 31, a beautician from Tycroes, has held 24 hour nail-a-thons for the last two years, raising a total of £2,798. She was inspired to support us by her mum, Michelle Hadley, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was just three years old.
We were delighted to surprise Lowri with her award at a special presentation in front of family and friends.
Inspired by her mum
Lowri said, “Mum has managed to raise a family and keep her condition stable for many years. In 2017 I wanted to mark 50 years since her diagnosis.
“The idea came from two of my regular customers, wondering how long I could do nails without a break. I did 26 manicures in 24 hours and raised almost £1300.
“A few months later, Mum was rushed into hospital with diabetic ketoacidosis and sepsis. It was such a scary time but the NHS was fantastic and Mum pulled through. We decided to hold another fundraiser which raised £1,500. Now it has become an annual event!”
Drive to make a difference
Lowri continued, “Fundraising and helping others is the best feeling. Receiving this award is such a bonus. I feel so honoured and it's given me even more drive to make a difference.
“This year’s nail-a-thon is on Saturday 24 August and is set to be bigger and better than ever, with crafts, stalls from local businesses and massages all on offer.”
Our Inspire Awards recognise the achievements of our dedicated volunteers up and down the country. Lowri’s creative approach to fundraising certainly made her nomination stand out.
Congratulations Lowri, and thank you!