Charity’s big day of events

Lianne Brown
Lianne Brown

A day of fundraising will take place in Halifax this weekend to raise money for a trio of charities.

Rainbow in Mind was set-up by Lianne Brown in memory of her nephew Arran, who died aged 14 months from a rare genetic condition called autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).

Lianne and her fiancee Phillip Blackwell, who live in Lee Mount, will start the day on Sunday by having their heads shaved before leading a walk around Ogden Water at 1pm.

Lianne said: “To change my appearance in such an obvious way fills me with dread. I am aware of how I will be judged and what I’ll look like which encourages me to go for it.”

There will then be a party at the Tower House Hotel at 7pm with a raffle, tombola, auction and live music from acts including Mick Brown, Isolde Davy, Andy Gordon and Roger Davies. Tickets cost £5.

Anyone interested in donating raffle prizes can email

All profits from the day will go to Rainbow in Mind’s three chosen charities - Overgate Hospice, the Arran Brown Rainbow Foundation and Mind.

The day-long fundraising effort, which will be filmed and made into a documentary, has already raised more than £700. To sponsor Lianne and Phillip’s head shave, visit