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Marks and Spencer’s Karen makes aims to make hair-raising amount of money for charity

A team member from York’s largest Marks and Spencer is attempting to raise more than £500 for charity by shaving her hair off in front of her team mates and shoppers.

Karen Scott, who works in Ladieswear at Marks and Spencer’s Vangarde outlet, will be shaving her entire head on Saturday, May 23rd for Martin House Hospice, a Yorkshire-based charity which provides family-led care for children with life-limiting conditions.

Ms Scott, 48, said she had already raised more than £200 for her cause.

She said: “This is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the good that Martin House Hospice does and also to raise a significant amount of money to help them carry out their work.

“We’ve already had an amazing response from donators and as I’ve already shaved my hair off before for charity I thought it would be great to do it again.

“The Marks and Spencer team and Vangarde Shopping Park have been supportive of my cause, which is absolutely fantastic.”

Martin House Hospice was opened in Wetherby in 1987, helping children with conditions including Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Batten’s Diesease and Cystic Fibrosis, providing care such as symptom control, emergency care, respite care and terminal care.
The charity is now based in towns and cities across Yorkshire.

Deb O’Donnell, Vangarde Shopping Park Centre Manager, said: “It’s fantastic to see Karen doing such a brave thing to raise money for such a worthy cause.

“All of our stores at Vangarde Shopping Park have been very active in raising money for charity, such as Frankie and Benny’s raising money for Rays of Sunshine.

“Along with our supported charities, NSPCC and York Against Cancer, we aim to be active members of the community, contributing towards it in positive ways.”