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Sandwell officers brave the shave for key workers

A team of daring Sandwell officers who pledged to show their support for the NHS, bravely shaved their hair off yesterday (Thursday 23 April).

The Oldbury neighbourhood team each adhered to the two-metre social distancing rule and took an electric razor to their own hair after a week of fundraising for NHS charities.

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The idea came about after the officers were talking about not having access to the hairdressing and barber shops in the area and after remembering a few colleagues who had previously shaved their hair off, they all came together and agreed they would try matching new hair dos.

The team of nine have managed to raise over £2,000 through their Just Giving page with all of the money going to the Association of NHS charities.

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Organiser PC John Batsford from the Oldbury neighbourhood team, said: “The amount of support we have received from the public has been fantastic. We managed to smash our target of £1,000 within 24 hours and it really motivated us to do our bit to support the NHS and thank the amazing front line medical workers.

“These key workers are putting their life on the line every day and compared to that, our concerns about how we were going to look are nothing.

“Thanks to every single person who donated to this cause and I’d like to shout out Perrywoods Football Club who donated a whopping £1,000 – our PC Rai is to thank for this support as he used to play for them. Just wow!”

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Well done to all of the Oldbury team who braved the shave:
•    PC John Batsford
•    PC Mike Gale
•    PC Josh Rai
•    PC Keith Tedds
•    PCSO Tina Faulkner
•    PCSO Kate Heatley
•    PCSO Jenny Spooner
•    PCSO James Howell
•    PCSO James Barratt-Barnett

If you wish to donate to this cause, you can do so here until next week: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oldburyneighbourhoodpoliceteam 

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