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'Shear' selflessness as Council officer undergoes charity head shave

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 1 May 2018 | Comments

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A Council officer has experienced a ‘close shave’ to raise money for charity.

On Monday 30 April, Sara Barratt, Customer Experience Officer for Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, had her head shaved to raise money for the Flying Seagull Project.

The project has worked in 15 countries across the world to bring laughter to those in need, including bringing games, shows and play to children in refugee camps across Europe.

Sara, who organised the charity event to take place in her lunch break at the Councils' Riverside building in Lowestoft, has already raised over £600.

Sara said:

"I heard about the charity about a year ago and was struck by their unique approach. They are silly, funny, slightly bonkers, but with a completely serious goal - to bring some laughter and moments of lightness into the lives of children who are in unimaginably difficult situations. Having the chance to relax and play and be children even for a little while must have such a beneficial effect on their mental health and wellbeing.

"People keep telling me what a brave thing I’m doing by having my head shaved. It’s lovely to hear, but it’s just a haircut. I know where my family are, and that they are safe. I have a home. I haven’t had to abandon everything I know because of a war, travel to a strange country in fear for my life, live in a makeshift tent and try and make some sort of a life when I don’t know where I will end up, and what will happen. That’s brave."

Colleagues Helen Wright and Jo Stace wielded the scissors and clippers, with staff gathering to show their support.

She will also be donating her hair, 47cm in total, to the Little Princess Trust. The Trust provides real hair wigs to children and young adults who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarabarratt