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Erith mum raises £1,000 with sponsored head-shave after death of popular local resident

PUBLISHED: 16:42 05 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:55 07 September 2016

Jennifer Redpath with some of the generous donors

Jennifer Redpath with some of the generous donors

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The money will go to Cancer Research

Mrs Redpath before the head-shaveMrs Redpath before the head-shave

An Erith woman has raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research by heaving her head shaved following the death of a much-loved member of the local community.

Mother-of-three Jennifer Redpath, of Forest Road, decided to raise money in memory of Mary ‘Maria’ Baker, who was a member of the community for 53 years before she passed away in March.

The 39-year-old, who lives on Avenue Road with husband Ian and children Taylor, Mason and Poppy, had her head shaved at Graham Webb in Bexleyheath this morning.

She told the Bexley Times: “I was a bit nervous, but it feels quite nice, actually. It’s a bit breezy.

“I work in the newsagents in Slade Green and there have been quite a few customers I am used to seeing who have been diagnosed with cancer, and it spurred me on to do something.

“If I can help in a small way, I think it is worthwhile.

“I think I have raised over £1,000 so far, and my target was £500. All of my customers have been donating.”

Mary Baker’s daughter Marian said the head shave was a ‘lovely tribute’.

“My mum beat cancer of the bowel and cancer of the liver, and spent 15 years in remission. But she developed multiple myeloma of the bone marrow, and sadly I lost her on March 23,” she added.

“She was not just my mum - she was my best friend.

“My mum lived here for 53 years and was from Dublin. She cleaned all her life at the community centre.

“There are so many different types of cancers that people are just not aware of.

“Everyone knew her as Maria, and we had a harpist playing Ave Maria at her funeral.

“Everyone came to the funeral - even the local shop. They closed Londis and all the staff came as well. Everyone is so wonderful here.”

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