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Bury St Edmunds couple go for the chop to raise charity cash

Susan, Gemma and Mark Elson, Dean Clarke and Abby Mayes, St Nicholas
Hospice Care Corporate Fundraiser

Susan, Gemma and Mark Elson, Dean Clarke and Abby Mayes, St Nicholas Hospice Care Corporate Fundraiser

Two employees at ASDA, in Bury St Edmunds, have handed over hundreds of pounds to charity after losing their long locks.

Dean Clarke and Gemma Elson, both 24 and from Bury, braved the scissors on May 26, but visited St Nicholas Hospice Care on Wednesday to hand over £589.02.

Gemma, who is engaged to Dean, had 24 inches cut off her hair, while Dean went for a close shaving, losing a foot of hair.

Dean said: “It was a shock when I had a shower the day after having my head shaved as I used far too much shampoo.”

The funds were raised through a mix of sponsorship and in-store donations from customers on the day, with £180 being donated in one hour thanks to family members and friends shaking buckets.

Dean’s mother, Susan Elson, was one of the bucket shakers.

She said: “A close relative passed away at the Hospice, six-and-a-half years ago now. We had a lot of support from the Hospice at the time and afterwards, so we wanted to do something to help.”

The couple donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust, which creates wigs using real hair for children suffering from cancer.

 

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