Facing the chop for diabetes charity

Jal Clarke at Drusillas Park JPSE
Jal Clarke at Drusillas Park JPSE
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Celebrity hairdresser Jal Clarke popped into Drusillas Park on Monday (June 24) to cut and style people’s barnets in aid of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Jal, who works at Icon Stylists in Eastbourne, carried out Street Styling at the zoo throughout the day. Many people queued up to face the chop including the zoo’s Head of Visitor Services, Emma Major.

Each provided a minimum donation of £5 to the charity which will be used to improve the lives of those affected by type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life threatening condition.Approximately 400,000 people live with type 1 diabetes in the UK including 26,000 children.

JDRF is a global organisation run by people with the condition. It seeks to provide information to children, adults and parents and campaigns to increase awareness, funding and research for a cure.

Events Organiser Jan Mirisola-Jones said: “It has been a great opportunity to raise money and awareness for something close to my heart, as my 13 year old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just over a year ago. I was delighted when Jal Clarke and Drusillas agreed to create this event in support of JDRF.”

It is not the first time Jal has carried out Street Styling at Drusillas Park. In 2010 he cut visitors hair in aid of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Jal then returned to Drusillas in 2012 to raise money for the East Sussex Foster Care Association. He said: “It is great being back at Drusillas for the third year.”