Clayton leaves a legacy behind in Lincolnshire

Clayton Gilks
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A well-known and much-loved Spalding hairdresser who passed away earlier this year has left a big mark on the hearts of many across the county.

Clayton Gilks, who passed away suddenly aged 48 in May, was committed to fundraising for charity, and was particularly involved with the BeAttitude Homeless Community at St Mary Le Wigford Church in Lincoln.

Members of the community were thrilled when money raised by Clayton, along with £1,500 at his funeral, was put towards a re-vamped kitchen at the St Mary Le Wigford church hall.

Jackie Kirk, a volunteer at BeAttitude, said: “The re-vamped kitchen is something that will benefit the whole 
BeAttitude community.

“Clayton was absolutely brilliant – he even donated clothes and socks here – and he was someone that everyone loved.

“His sudden death has shocked us all but we’re hoping his legacy will live on with this new kitchen.”

Clayton, who worked as a hairdresser with Stuart Taylor at Stuart’s Barber’s in Spalding, would visit the charity, which helps homeless people, every Tuesday and would often cycle the 43 miles to and back to Lincoln to do so.

Clayton would use his hairdressing skills to give those at Beattitude a haircut and would give any money he was given by his clients to the charity.

The kitchen, which was in serious need of updating, included new toasters and frying pans which Clayton had donated as he would go out of his way to help out at the BeAttitude community in any way possible.

Prior to his death Clayton, who was a big fan of taking part in edurance cycling, had planned on embarking on a sponsored cycle ride to raise more funds for the charity.

The kitchen was bought from eBay for £150 and fitted by Ash Gregory for free.

The rest of the money raised by Clayton and his friends and family went towards fuel and PVC paint.