Tis the season to be Purple (and Pink)
A Newcastle Vicar has had her hair dyed in the church's traditional Advent colours of purple and pink in order to celebrate the pre-Christmas season and raise awareness and funds for an Alzheimer's charity based at her church.
The Revd Juliet Stephenson, 44, became Vicar of Holy Nativity Church, Chapel House in Newcastle's west end on the 26 September this year.
The church hosts the monthly Care ConneXion Café founded by church member Carole Lawson, at which those living with Alzheimer's and their carers can meet for friendship and to share access to a variety of support services and resources.
Juliet Stephenson's Advent hair colour change reflects the traditional three purple candles and one pink in an Advent Wreath, and enables her to blend well with other Advent-themed decorations in Holy Nativity Church during December.
"I'm raising awareness and money for the café and its users, so that in the summer they can have a day out at Beamish Museum, or maybe a 'sing song' from the good old days at the theatre - and maybe some extra sessions with the hairdresser and manicurist," she explains.
"I had my hair dyed purple and pink and will keep it like this for the four weeks of Advent. The colour is perfect as it reflects the season in the church and also it's the adopted colour for Dementia Awareness.
"My hair is quite bri
ght and matches the church's altar frontal and vestments very well! It has raised a few eyebrows, but as long as it raises money too - all will be well!"