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90-year-old Christian shaves head to raise money for Syrian refugees

by Hannah Tooley

Marion Courtney from Harleston, Norfolk, is a keen rugby fan and had her head shaved in front of 30 rugby supporters before the England v Wales World Cup game kicked off.

Marion attends St John's Church in Harleston and is known for her fundraising in the town.

She decided to do something to help Syrian refugees because she remembers refugees after the Second World War.

Marion said: "Having seen the plight of the children and their families in Syria and remembering the exodus of the Jewish people from Germany, the troubles in Syria are the greatest that this generation has known.

"I simply wanted to help people."

Her vicar, Revd Nigel Tuffnell added: "Marion is always smart and well dressed with her hair perfect, so for her to have her head shaved is truly extraordinary.

"Marion is loved by all in St. John's and by so many people as well as by the shops and businesses in Harleston.

"I am hugely impressed by the depth of Marion's faith and her courage to act on it in this way."

Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Syria's conflict and it is estimated that half of the population has now been displaced.

Christian Aid funds aid organisations that have been working in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon with refugees and the displaced for several years providing communities with food, bedding, hygiene kits and health services.

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