Sheffield gran raises £1,500 for charity with hair shave

Cancer sufferer Annette Gillott, who raised �1595.25 for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity by having her head shaved

Cancer sufferer Annette Gillott, who raised �1595.25 for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity by having her head shaved

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A Sheffield grandmother suffering from cancer has raised more than £1,500 for charity by getting her hair shaved off.

Annette Gillott, aged 74, from Manor Park, decided to get her hair cut off in front of friends and family this summer as she underwent chemotherapy.

She has now handed over a cheque for almost £1,600 to the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Most of the money came from sponsorship for her hair shave, with £190 raised at a party held for friends and family in September.

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

She said she had initially hoped to raise £500 for charity and was delighted by the support she received.

“I just thought with family, friends and neighbours I would perhaps get a fiver out of each of them. But people have been so generous and given up to £50,” she said.

“It has been remarkable.”

Her hair has now started growing back after it was cut off using a special pair of antique clippers that belonged to her late father Kenneth Woodhouse when he ran Duke Street barber’s shop.

Around 20 people came to watch the hair-cut, which was done by neighbour Rosemary Gregory.

A letter of thanks from the charity sent to Annette said her donation would help fund pioneering cancer research and care at Weston Park and further afield.

It said the support of people like Annette had helped thousands of cancer patients over the years.

Annette said she had been delighted to receive the letter of thanks for her donation.

“They have been wonderful and I have had the most wonderful letter from them. It was a lovely thing to receive,” she said.

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