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Plaistow councillor's shave for hospital patients

PUBLISHED: 11:56 23 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:56 23 December 2013

Councillor Sheila Thomas underwent the headshave with help from Sir Robin Wales and fellow councillors Neil Wilson and Forhad Hussain

Councillor Sheila Thomas underwent the headshave with help from Sir Robin Wales and fellow councillors Neil Wilson and Forhad Hussain

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Newham councillor Sheila Thomas said goodbye to her hair as she had her head shaved to help collect gifts for people staying in hospital over Christmas.

The Plaistow South ward councillor volunteered to lose her famously pink-highlighted locks in exchange for donations of clothes, books, and toiletries for patients at the Newham Mental Health Unit in Plaistow. She also collected more than £150.

The fundraising shave took place in a salon at the Asda shopping complex in Beckton with Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales and Sheila’s fellow councillors Neil Wilson, Forhad Hussain and Ayesha Chowdhury shaving the first locks.

Sheila said: “It is important the patients in the unit know that someone is thinking of them at Christmas. I have a nice woolly hat to put on should the weather turn really cold.”

Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “Sheila is a lot pluckier than the rest of us in being prepared to go bald at this time of year. We all congratulate her because this is such a wonderfully generous gesture for a worthy cause.”

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