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Rita loses her locks for charity

24 August 2021

Resident Rita Sutton has raised almost £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support after having her head shaved for charity.

The retired teacher, 79, was inspired to lose her locks at Beaumont Park, a Housing for Older People scheme in Cotteridge, Birmingham.

Rita – who has survived cancer three times – had expected to raise £300 from the local community. The generosity of her neighbours, friends and local businesses has helped Rita more than treble her target amount.

Rita likes visiting local groups to share stories about her life and travels, which includes her work with a school for the visually impaired in Bethlehem.

She said: “I haven’t been able to do anything I would normally do because of the pandemic.
“I felt so useless but then I saw the Macmillan advert on TV and thought ‘that’s what I’ll do’.”

Having lost her hair during previous cancer treatment, Rita was unfazed letting hairdresser Leanne loose on her locks.

Rita added: “Everyone’s been so kind donating money I don’t mind not having hair, it’s still me after all!”

Macmillan Cancer Support provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.