Leg waxing, head shaves, raffles and cake sales – a Sudbury hairdressers has done it all to raise money for a former client.
Staff at Fatal Attraction in North Street have been coming up with ways to support the Marion Blower appeal for months.
And now their hard work has paid off and £1,000 has been handed over towards an electric wheelchair for the former charity manager.
“Marion was a client for many years and I was on the Sudbury Town Team working with her,” said Tracie Webb, who runs the salon with husband Des.
“She is someone who has cared for people all her life and we were all really shocked by has happened.”
Mrs Webb said Mrs Blower, who worked at Sudbury Resource Centre for 17 years, had visited the hairdresser’s just weeks before the fall that left her paralysed.
“She was so excited about going off on her travels and retirement and the scary thing is this could have happened to anyone,” said Mrs Webb.
“We really wanted to give something back and show our support.”
A number of businesses provided prizes for the salon’s raffle and Mrs Webb said the community had really got behind the appeal.
“People have pulled together and shown what can be done,” she said.
“Some people have just popped in to give a donation and we have had a lot of help.”
The appeal, which is being run by the Free Press and Sudbury Town Council, stands at £6,350 and is just £2,000 away from its target.
Mrs Blower is in hospital in Sheffield receiving treatment and is hopeful of returning to Sudbury, where she has a home in Cats Lane.
As well as raising money for the appeal, Fatal Attraction also collected £800 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.