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Susan Whymark in Eye nets £3,600 for charity while supporting a colleague's daughter as she fights cancer




A company’s workforce is standing in solidarity with the daughter of one of its employees after she decided to shave off her remaining hair while undergoing cancer treatment.

The team at Susan Whymark Funeral Care in Eye, took part in the group head shaving day at the business premises at Chestnut House on Progress Way on Saturday.

Susie Underwood, 29, who has been fighting lymphoma since December, was joined by her father Mark Underwood and five of his colleagues, with the aim of raising £3,000 for charity.

Charity head shave at Susan Whymark Funeral Home in support of Susie Underwood. Pictured from left is Susie Underwood, Mandy Porter, David Richards, David Banks, Ian Patrick, Simon Leggett and Mark Underwood. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
Charity head shave at Susan Whymark Funeral Home in support of Susie Underwood. Pictured from left is Susie Underwood, Mandy Porter, David Richards, David Banks, Ian Patrick, Simon Leggett and Mark Underwood. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

On her fundraising page, Susie described staff at Woolverstone Day Unit, where she has been receiving care as "treating me with a humour and compassion that has made a difficult time easier."

She added: "As a family we have been overwhelmed by the love and support we have received and as my hair was going others wanted to stand with us in that just as wholeheartedly as they have since I was diagnosed."

The group head shaving day has already raised more than £3,600, which will be distributed between Woolverstone Day Unit and St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds.

Susan Whymark, 49, who owns the business, said: “I'm incredibly proud of my workers for taking part. It's been such a hard year for all of us, because although we aren't mentioned often, we are front line workers and my team has been brilliant in coping with that.

"On top of that, Mark's family has been going through this, but I couldn't be more proud of how everyone has pulled together. They really are lovely and they all care so much about each other."

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