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Sheffield gran raises charity cash through hair shave

Annette Gillott has her hair shaved for charity

Annette Gillott has her hair shaved for charity

 

A Sheffield grandmother suffering from cancer has raised more than £1,000 for charity by getting her hair shaved off.

Annette Gillott, aged 73, from Manor Park, is undergoing chemotherapy and decided to get her hair cut off in front of friends and family to raise the cash for Macmillan.

And she asked her neighbour Rosemary Gregory to use a very special pair of antique clippers for the job - the 80-year-old shears used by her late father when he ran Duke Street barber’s shop in Sheffield.

Annette was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on New Year’s Eve and began chemotherapy treatment in May.

She said the support she has received from Macmillan since her diagnosis encouraged her to do something for the charity.

A total of £1,002 has been collected so far, with more money due to come in before she hands over a cheque to the organisation.

“As soon as my hair started thinning, I put a date in my mind that would be the day it was going to come off,” said Annette.

She said she was delighted to have raised so much money for the charity, with her 10-year-old granddaughter Maisy helping with the efforts by selling lemonade, shortbread and flapjacks.

Annette said the hair-shave had gone brilliantly, with about 20 people coming to watch the fundraiser.

She said it was a particular pleasure to have her hair cut with the shears used for four decades by her father, Kenneth Woodhouse, after he started his career as a barber at the age of 20.

“They still work wonderfully,” she said.

Annette said she was grateful for all the support she has had from friends and family since her diagnosis and the generous donations she has received. “I’m humbled by it,” she said.

 

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