A hair-raising ‘Pounds for Ponytails’ event at the Central England Co-operative convenience store in Marsh Hill, Erdington, on Saturday (December 13) has raised more than £300 to help disabled children in the West Midlands.
Duty manager Marie Brant, her nine-year-old daughter Scarlett and customer services assistant Rebecca Clarke all had their ponytails cut off so that disabled children supported by Central England Co-operative can get the specialist equipment they need for everyday life.
Store manager Robert Godson said: “Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children is Central England Co-operative’s staff-elected charity, helping families in our trading area, and colleagues here wanted to do something a bit different to raise much needed funds.
“We collected £160 in store through colleague and customer donations and a tombola that we ran on the day – and Scarlett got £150 in sponsorship through family and her friends at Marsh Hill School in Erdington. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported our fundraiser – and to Marie, Rebecca and Scarlett for sacrificing their hair.”
Since the partnership was launched in May 2012, more than £672,000 has been raised, which has, to date, helped fund specialist disability equipment for 307 babies, children and young people.
Pictured (L to R): Marie Brant, Scarlett Brant and Rebecca Clarke