The notorious Josh Dugan ‘mullet’ came off today with the Sharks star shaving down in the name of charity at a special fundraising event.

Dugan decided to get rid of his nine-month old ‘mullet’ in support of Bear Cottage, an organisation which he holds close to his heart, coming up with the idea of auctioning the hair-cut, with the proceeds going to the northern beaches’ hospice for children.

The result was a clean-cut Dugan and almost $6,000 raised for Bear Cottage, a warm and home-like environment providing respite, support and end-of-life care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in NSW and one of only three in Australia.

Dugan became aware of Bear Cottage and the wonderful work they do when a 14-year-old friend in Gabe, who was suffering from brain cancer, spent some of his final days being looked after by the caring and committed Bear Cottage staff.

Staff at Bear Cottage do not wear uniforms and medical procedures do not take place in the children’s rooms, which are designed to appear like a normal bedroom. It provides a range of state-of-the-art services and facilities to deliver the very best care to the child and their family.

Children’s hospices seek to enhance the quality of life for children with life-limiting illness by providing support, comfort and reassurance to families at their time of greatest need.

At Bear Cottage, staff believe a child’s life, however brief, should be enriched, enjoyed and celebrated.

For more about Bear Cottage, to donate or to find out about their upcoming ‘Superhero Week’ go to their website at http://www.bearcottage.chw.edu.au/.  Also see more information regarding Bear Cottage below.

And it’s not too late to make a contribution to Josh’s great mullet shave. Go to the following link to donate - https://www.superheroweek.com/fundraisers/joshdugan/the-mullet-goes-for-bear-cottage

 

About Bear Cottage
Services
Bear Cottage has an extensive Family Support program offering innovative programs to all family members.

• Respite: Families who care for a child with a life-limiting condition often do so around the clock for many years and Bear Cottage acknowledges the importance of respite.

• Therapies: Bear Cottage offers play, music and art therapy as a fun and creative outlet for children and families to express themselves.

• Camps: Each year, Bear Cottage organises a number of innovative camps to bring families together. These camps provide the opportunity to connect with others sharing similar situations. Camps offered include age-specific siblings’ camps, camps for mums and dads, bereaved family camps and a “Gramping” camp for our grandparents.

• Footprints in the Sand is Bear Cottage’s bereavement support program. This program includes an annual Remembering Day Service, "Back to Bear Cottage” BBQs and our Bereaved Families’ Camp.

Facilities
Facilities at Bear Cottage include:

• Individual children’s rooms

• An end-of-life room

• Two large family units

• Multi-sensory room

• Sensory garden

• Spa

• Multi-media games room

• Wheelchair accessible play areas

• Parents’ retreat and quiet area

• Commercial kitchen and dining room

Staff
An expert multidisciplinary team provides 24-hour care for the children and families at Bear Cottage, taking care of not only their medical needs, but also the daily chores like cooking and cleaning.