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Magazine editor’s head shave sees hospice funds raised

A regional magazine editor shaved her head to raise funds for a local hospice which cared for her aunt.

Jayne Lindill, the editor of Archant’s Suffolk Magazine, had her head completely shaved to take part in a play, Wit, in which she portrayed a woman with cancer.

She also decided to raise money for St Elizabeth’s Hospice with the head shave and gained £300 in sponsorship for the good cause, which will be matched by the regional publisher under its Archant Gold scheme.

Under the initiative, the latest charity efforts of more than 30 staff members were match-funded to the tune of £10,280.

Suffolk Magazine editor Jayne Lindill has her head shaved by play director John Hood.

These included Welwyn & Hatfield Times editor Terry Mitchinson, from Archant Herts & Cambs, who took part in two 12-mile charity walks.

The first raised saw him battle torrential rain to raise £230 for Isabel Hospice, where he is a patron, and the second raised £165 for the Willow Foundations which provides special days out for seriously-ill 16-40-year-olds.

Others carrying out charity events included Archant Life editor Paul Mackenzie, who works on a number of titles from the North division, who spent three days completing an 80-mile sponsored walk along the Heart of England Way from Cannock Chase to Bourton on the Water, raising £300 for St Luke’s Hospice.

And reporter Nick Gill, from weekly paper The Comet managed to raise £1,232 for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust by taking part in the London Marathon – although collapsing with heat exhaustion at 18 miles meant he was not able to complete it.

Other staff who raised money included:

  • Adam Clarke, from Archant Publishing Services, who along with two friends, dressed as the Blues Brothers and a nun to complete the Great Escape challenge for children’s charity Dreamflight with an event which saw one of them dropped at a secret location and the other two tasked with tracking him down. The trio raised £965 and Archant matched one-third of this.
  • Archant London magazines advertising duo Mark Smith and Louise Hodgson, took part in Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon by having no alcohol for the whole month of January, with Mark raising £120 and Louise raising £123.
  • The Sidmouth Herald Sharks, from Archant South West, took part in a swimathon and completed 107 lengths between them in an hour to raise £316 for The Rotary Club of Sidmouth.
  • Archant Specialist imaging trio Adam Scorey, Lorna Dockerill and Jade Price, were among a team of 13 who completed the Three Peaks Challenge of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in just over 24 hours for Cancer Research UK. The whole team raised £3,844.96 of which Archant Gold matched the trio’s share of £349.
  • Archant Life’s Kerry Greenfield from the sales team at Worthing, along with her daughter, walked from Worthing Pier to Brighton Pier, a total of 11.5 miles, and raised £175 for St Barnabas House Hospice in memory of her father John Greenfield.