Supermarket staff razors up for a bald charity effort on Saturday

Published: 9th April 2015

There is some hairy fundraising set to go on at Didcot’s Sainsbury’s on Saturday with a charity head shaving day, all in support of local fundraisers, Play2Give.

Some of the store’s colleagues will be having heads, and even beards and eyebrows if they desire, shaved to raise funds for Play2Give through sponsorship and donations from customers into the buckets with customers even able to join in and be scalped spontaneously.

Two of the store’s counter assistants including Luke Norris, 20, will be the victims Uncle Fester style and will be sheared by store staff with help from Mr Play2Give himself, Andrew Baker too in butchering their hair!

The store supports Play2Give as their local charity partner of the year after choosing to support the fundraising organisation through a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness last July . And, so far the store, (as reported below earlier this month), has raised a record ÂŁ3,000 over the last few months.

Andrew from Didcot founded Play2Give in September 2007 after being inspired following treatment he received throughout childhood at the Oxford hospitals following on from treatment at birth for a brain injury to major brain surgery in 2001 at the age of 12 to various other medical problems.  He first began fundraising for the Oxford Children’s Hospital in 2003 aged 14 as a pupil at Didcot’s St Birinus School.  Both Andrew and the school’s name sits on a glass plaque of recognition in the Atrium of the Children’s Hospital, for all those donors who raised over ÂŁ5,000 plus throughout the hospital’s ÂŁ15m building appeal. St Birinus alone was top of the schools when it came to raising funds with the school – thanks to Andrew’s co-ordination – raising over ÂŁ11,000 over five years.

Play2Give fundraises for local charities and has raised over £33,150 since 2007 with over ÂŁ26,700 of this donated to the Children’s Hospital.

The store hopes to add to the £3k total already raised through staff and customers efforts and involvement through this bald idea which, if the weather on Saturday is nice and dry as of recent days, the shaves will take place jut outside the front of the store. ​