Pudsey Bear gets a helping hand from call centre workers

DRESSED UP Pudsey bear with, left, Michelle Hine and Ben George.  Picture: Steve Reid (113947-607)
DRESSED UP Pudsey bear with, left, Michelle Hine and Ben George. Picture: Steve Reid (113947-607)
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HAVING all your hair shaved off or walking 17 miles dressed as a medieval knight – it’s not your average day at work.

But these are the wacky feats attempted by workers at a huge call centre in Havant as they try to raise £100,000 for Children In Need.

SACRIFICE Heather Fyfe had her hair cut off for a cancer charity.  (113947-662)

SACRIFICE Heather Fyfe had her hair cut off for a cancer charity. (113947-662)

People of all ages at Southern Electric, in Penner Road, took part in a variety of fundraising activities yesterday, including ditching their work clothes for pyjamas and strutting their stuff in a Zumba class.

Heather Fyfe, 28, a customer service adviser from Homer Glose, Gosport, was faced with the daunting prospect of having all her hair shaved off.

She said: ‘I wanted to do something for maximum impact and I don’t think it can get more extreme for a woman than shaving off your hair.

‘I have got lots of hats!

‘I haven’t had my hair cut in a year and it’s probably been this length for the last year.

‘I am going to miss my hair, but it’s worth it for the charity I am helping. It will grow back.’

Heather’s hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair because of cancer.

‘It’s not nice being ill,’ said Heather. ‘But losing your hair when you are a little girl is a big thing.’

Meanwhile, Michelle Hine 25, from Bedhampton, and Ben George, 37, from North End, are preparing to walk 17 miles from Portchester Castle to Southsea Castle – each dressed in armour weighing more than four stone.

Their journey next Wednesday will take in Portsdown Hill before walking to the call centre and then south down Hayling Island before catching the ferry to Eastney.

Ben, of Wadham Road, said: ‘We wanted to do something out of the ordinary. It will certainly be a massive challenge!’

Southern Electric workers across the country are hoping to collectively raise £100,000 and Havant has been chosen by the BBC to handle calls on November 18.

Around 300 employees have volunteered to man the 180 telephone lines from 6.30pm to 2am.