A Tycroes businesswomen has taken on her biggest challenge to date to raise money for a charity close to her heart.

Lowri Vaughan-Hadley hosted a 24-hour nail-a-thon in aid of Diabetes UK on Saturday, September 1 at Tycroes Church Hall.

The doors opened at 12 midday on Saturday until 12 noon on Sunday, September 2.

This is not the first time the beautician has taken on the challenge.

“Last year’s nail-a-thon was a huge success with 26 sets of nails done in 24 hours and the event raised £1,293 for the charity,” said Lowri, owner of Lowri's Vanity House.

“This year's event was bigger and better with stalls, mini mani's, make-up, up do's, face painting for boys and girls, cake stall with low sugar items and a raffle.

"The total so far is £1,445 but i'm hoping to reach £1,500 by the end of the week as we still have some more sponsors coming in through the just giving page."

Lowri has decided to raise the vital funds for Diabetes UK to thank them for helping her mum for the last 50 years.

Diabetes UK is a British-based patient, healthcare professional and research charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, you’ll need to use insulin to treat your diabetes. You take the insulin by injection or by using a pump. It’s also free on prescription.

With Type 2 diabetes, you may have to use insulin or tablets, though you might initially be able to treat your diabetes by eating well and moving more.

Lowri said: “My mum has had type one diabetes for almost all her life.

“I decided to raise money for the charity last year to mark the 50th year that my mum has had the condition.

“Quite soon after the event last year my mum was rushed into hospital, and that made me want to raise even more money for the charity.

“Some people think diabetes is just about diet but there are different types and people with diabetes face struggles everyday and I would like to raise awareness for the charity.

“I think it is amazing how far the equipment has come and what the NHS can offer people with diabetes today.”