Grandma Anne says goodbye to her locks to help a friend in need

Harriet Hunwicks-Rush, Anne Dupon and Reid Manson, Anne got her hair shaved off at the Forum in Norw

Harriet Hunwicks-Rush, Anne Dupon and Reid Manson, Anne got her hair shaved off at the Forum in Norwich to raise money for a new wheelchair for Reid. - Credit: Archant

A 76-year-old grandma has had her hair shaved off to raise money to buy a new wheelchair for a friend.

Harriet Hunwicks-Rush cuts Anne Dupon's hair

Harriet Hunwicks-Rush cuts Anne Dupon's hair - Credit: Archant

Scores of onlookers watched as Anne Dupon, from Norwich, had her head shaved clean at the Forum on Saturday.

The kindhearted act was made to support Reid Manson, 33, who has conditions including functional neurological disorder, which has led to leg weakness and paralysis.

Mrs Dupon said she was happy with her new makeover.

She said: 'It's a funny sensation.

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'Reid has a manual wheelchair and unfortunately, due to his medical conditions, he is unable to push himself very far without pain which can then cause seizures.

'He therefore relies on friends, family and care workers to push him if he wishes to go out.'

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Mrs Dupon resolved to raise the £2,500-£3,000 needed for an electric wheelchair to give her friend more independence, and she has so far raised about £2,000.

Mr Manson said he was touched by the effort gone to by Mrs Dupon, who he first met about a year ago at a meeting of the Big Local organisation in Old Catton.

He said: 'When Anne first told me about it I was really amazed that someone who didn't know me that well would want to do something that's so generous and kind. It really shows community spirit. She's absolutely amazing.'

Mr Manson also has epilepsy, a rheumatic condition called fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Mrs Dupon said she was happy to help. She started collecting money for a new wheelchair in February from family and friends, and is now getting close to reaching her goal.

Mr Manson's mother, Linda Manson, from Wickelwood, said: 'When I found out what she was going to do I was overwhelmed - it's absolutely fantastic.

'The wheelchair is going to make such a difference to his life.'

Mrs Dupon said she wanted to thank her friends and family for their support, as well as the many shops and businesses which have helped her fundraise.

Norwich's Siam Hair Design provided a hairdresser to cut Mrs Manson's hair.

She said the Forum and Norwich Market had been 'wonderfully supportive'.

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