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90-year-old shaves head in aid of refugees

Rugby fan Marion Courtney of Harleston, Norfolk has had her head shaved to raise money for Christian Aid’s Refugees Crisis Appeal, just before the England v Wales World Cup clash on Saturday ...

Rugby fan Marion Courtney of Harleston, Norfolk has had her head shaved to raise money for Christian Aid’s Refugees Crisis Appeal, just before the England v Wales World Cup clash on Saturday.

The fundraiser took place at the Swan Hotel, The Thoroughfare, Harleston on Saturday (26 September) in a room was packed with rugby fans 30 minutes before the England Wales match was screened.

Marion, 90, is a member of St John’s Church in Harleston and is well known for her fundraising in the town. She felt she wanted to do more for refuges in Syria and Europe. She remembers the refugees after the Second World War and wanted to do something which would raise more money than she can give personally.

Marion Courtney says, "Having seen the plight of the children and their families in Syria and remembering the exodus of the Jewish people from Germany, the troubles in Syria are the greatest that this generation has known. I simply wanted to help people."

Marion’s vicar, Rev Nigel Tuffnell says, "Marion is always smart and well dressed with her hair perfect, so for her to have her head shaved is truly extraordinary. Marion is loved by all in St John's and by so many people as well as by the shops and businesses in Harleston. I am hugely impressed by the depth of Marion's faith and her courage to act on it in this way."

Donations can be given at Marion’s JustGiving Page.

Marion is doing this for the Christian Aid Refugee Crisis Appeal. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Syria’s conflict and 50% of the Syrian population is now displaced, with more than 4.1 million people forced to seek safety outside the country.

Christian Aid has funded organisations working in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon with refugees and the displaced for several years providing communities with food, bedding, hygiene kits and health services.

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