Customers support Sally's charity cut

PUBLISHED: 13:32 06 May 2014 | UPDATED: 13:32 06 May 2014

Budleigh Spar manager Sally Hall prepares to have her pony tail chopped off by the group of cyclists.  Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 0130-17-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Budleigh Spar manager Sally Hall prepares to have her pony tail chopped off by the group of cyclists. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 0130-17-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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A Budleigh shop manager has had a close shave as part of a major fundraising drive for Children's Hospice South West.

Sally Hall works at the Spar shop in Fore Street, whose parent company Gilletts Callington is celebrating its 30th anniversary by trying to raise £10,000 for the charity.

This is being spearheaded by a 300-mile ‘Sparathon’ cycle by staff between Wiltshire and Cornwall, dropping in at stores along the route which are also running their own events, and it was through this that Sally’s haircut came about.

She said: “Each store was asked to try and do what we could, and I jokingly said I’d get my hair cut off. Then lots of people said they’d back me on it, so that’s what I did.

“It’s just something I thought was different to do, for a cause I believe in.”

Sally had her haircut to coincide with the cyclists’ visit, with company IT manager Alan Cookson making the first cut to remove her ponytail, before Lisa Pearson, from Elisabeth Hair Salon, finished the job.

Sally said: “The cyclists were scared to cut it off, and kept saying ‘are you sure?’, and I said ‘yes, it’s only hair’.

“With the magnificent job the cyclists have been doing, to give up my hair was nothing, and I think the company as a whole has done really well.”

Between Sally’s haircut, and an in-store raffle and cake sale, the Budleigh branch has so far raised more than £800, and more money is still being collected.

Sally said: “I said if I got enough sponsors to raise two or three hundred pounds I would have it done, but people have been very generous.”

Sally said she would like to thank everyone who has donated, and Elisabeth Hair Salon for doing the cutting.

Donations are still being collected, and can be made either in store, or online at www.justgiving.com/alan-cookson1.

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