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Young Citizen: Volunteer’s afro shave in Ilford shop window raises hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research

PUBLISHED: 13:27 12 September 2017

Cancer Research, Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG1 4NE - Jordon Pitters having his head shaved in the shop window for charity. Crowds stop to watch Volunteer Jordon Pitters have his head shaved, by his Aunt Nikki Parsons.

Cancer Research, Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG1 4NE - Jordon Pitters having his head shaved in the shop window for charity. Crowds stop to watch Volunteer Jordon Pitters have his head shaved, by his Aunt Nikki Parsons.

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A young man from Newbury Park is feeling the autumn chill after shaving off his afro for a good cause.

Cancer Research, Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG1 4NE - Jordon Pitters having his head shaved in the shop window for charity. Jordon Pitters pictured centre with family and staff and volunteers. Cancer Research, Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG1 4NE - Jordon Pitters having his head shaved in the shop window for charity. Jordon Pitters pictured centre with family and staff and volunteers.

Jordan Pitters, 25, faced the clippers in the window of Cancer Research, Ilford on Saturday whilst shoppers cheered him on.

Jordan, who is autistic, decided to have the chop for charity after seeing a newspaper clipping in the shop about a past volunteer braving the shave.

He said: “It was already quite long at this stage so I decided to keep going.

“I approached my manager about the idea and she was really supportive so we did it!”

Cancer Research, Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG1 4NE - Jordon Pitters having his head shaved in the shop window for charity. Crowds stop to watch Volunteer Jordon Pitters have his head shaved, by his Aunt Nikki Parsons. Cancer Research, Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG1 4NE - Jordon Pitters having his head shaved in the shop window for charity. Crowds stop to watch Volunteer Jordon Pitters have his head shaved, by his Aunt Nikki Parsons.

Although the final total hasn’t been verified yet, Jordan estimates that he has raised over £400 for Cancer Research.

He said: “I’m really pleased!

“When I was going into this, I wasn’t sure I could do it but I had this figure in my head.”

Jordan started volunteering at the shop three years ago and describes himself as “part of the furniture” now.

He is this week’s Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award nominee, which seeks to recognise the brilliant youngsters in our borough.

Store manager Jennie Spelman, who nominated Jordan, said all the staff and volunteers are very proud of him.

She said: “He wanted to do something for Stand Up to Cancer.

“When I suggested that he could do it in the window of the store, he was totally up for it!”

Jordan volunteers at the store in Cranbrook Road two to three times a week.

He said: “Before I started, I wanted to more with my time.

“I was taking a break from full-time education. Being a late bloomer, I wanted to do things for myself like going out on public transport.

“I really enjoy volunteering there; the people I work with are a laugh.”

The award is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which will provide each monthly winner with a £30 gift card.

The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at next year’s Mayor’s Community Awards.

You can nominate any person from Redbridge, as long as they are under 25, by emailing ellena.cruse@archant.co.uk.

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