90-year-old Harleston fundraiser to shave head in aid of Syrian refugee appeal

Marion Courtney of Harleston is having her head shaved to raise money for Christian Aid�s Refugees Crisis .
Marion Courtney of Harleston is having her head shaved to raise money for Christian Aid�s Refugees Crisis .

A prolific charity fundraiser of Harleston is shaving her head for charity tomorrow, saying she wants to do more to help the many thousands of refugees now travelling from Syria into Europe.

Marion Courtney, aged 90, a well-known resident and member of the town’s St John the Baptist Church, will be shaved in front of an audience in the Swan Hotel at 7.30pm, prior to England’s World Cup fixture against Wales, for the benefit of Christian Aid’s Refugees Crisis Appeal.

Ms Courtney, a rugby fan, said: “Having seen the plight of the children and their families in Syria and remembering the exodus of the Jewish people from Germany 70 years ago, the troubles in Syria are the greatest this generation has known. I want to help people.”

Her efforts have been praised by the Rev Nigel Tuffnell, vicar at St John’s, as ‘truly extraordinary’.

Julian Bryant, regional coordinator for Christian Aid, added: “I think Marion might be the oldest person to have a head shave for Christian Aid.

“She is a kind and generous person and an inspiration to others.

“I hope people will give generously to help. Financial donations can help provide more much-needed basic essentials. Marion’s fundraising will make a difference.”

To donate, see www.just giving.com/Marion-Courtney