Lowri Vaughan-Hadley, a beautician from Tycroes, has raised over £1500 with a non-stop nail-a-thon lasting over 24 hours!
This is the third year Lowri has staged her unusual endurance challenge in honour of her mum, Michelle, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was three years old.
Lowri held her first nail-a-thon in 2017 to mark 50 years since Michelle’s diagnosis. It was such a success that it has become an annual event.
This year she broke her previous record, completing 33 manicures in an impressive 26 hours. The event raised a total of £1570, taking her total fundraising for our charity to almost £4500.
A manicure marathon
Lowri said, “Mum has lived with Type 1 diabetes for almost her entire life, and has managed to raise a family and keep her condition stable for many years. There have been tough times but she has always remained strong. We're all so proud of her.
“This year we made it bigger and better with stalls from local businesses including a massage therapist, cakes, handmade gifts and hair accessories. I extended it to 26 hours as one of my customers pointed out that a marathon is 26 miles, so it was extra tough! But the support and generosity of my friends, family, customers and the local community was incredible.
“I had to really push myself but by the end I felt I could have gone on even longer! I want to give a special thank you to my husband, Dale, my mum, my sister, Ffion and my best friend, Lisa, for all staying awake with me.”
Lowri’s dedication saw her presented with Diabetes UK Cymru’s Inspire Award for Fundraising earlier this year - and she already has her sights set on next year’s nail-a-thon.
Lowri continued, “Once I got home we popped open a bottle of fizz and started to plan next year’s event. I want to keep it going as long as I can to support this cause which means so much to me and my family.”
Thank you, Lowri, for going above and beyond and to everyone who made the event so successful. Here’s to next year!