Christine Burr before she had her head shaved for charity. (Picture: Alisha Gunn)

Christine has her head shaved and raises £350 for charity

Fifty-year-old Uckfield woman Christine Burr had her head shaved to raise funds for charity on Saturday.

Christine, who has rheumatoid arthritis, wanted to raise awareness of the autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints and also to raise funds to help young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis which begins before the age of 16.


Pauline Backshall pictured while shaving the head of her niece Christine Burr. (Picture: Alisha Gunn)

She was delighted to raise £350 when she had hoped for £150, and said she was grateful to Tesco who provided a hamper to raffle and to Boots who gave perfume and toiletries.

Christine lives in Selby Close and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was 27, a year after she gave birth to her son Daniel, now 23.


Christine Burr with her son Daniel after having her head shaved. (Picture: Alisha Gunn)

The condition worsened over the years until she had a knee replacement in 2005. She said that didn’t work and now she spends most of her time in a wheelchair.

She is on the committee of Uckfield Phab Club and helps with fund-raising for them. She also is a member of Uckfield Association for the Blind.

Friends gathered in the Ashdown Room at Uckfield Civic Centre to watch as Christine’s head was shaved by her aunt Pauline Backshall who was a hairdresser.

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