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People who Matter: Woman shaves her head for a second time to raise money for defibrillator

This week, Sue Hodson has been nominated by Gemma Wells as the 'local hero' for raising money for a defibrillator for a second time. 
Sue Hodson raised £1,100 for a defibrillator to be installed at the Yaxley Royal British Legion

Sue Hodson shaved her head  , for a second time and raised £1,100 for a defibrillator for the Yaxley Royal British Legion.  

Gemma Wells from ‘Gemma’s Hearts’ has nominated Sue Hodson as the local hero for this week.  

It’s a charity, that aims to provide 24hr public defibrillator stations in North West Cambridgeshire, so there will always be a defibrillator nearby in the event of a cardiac arrest. 

A few years ago, as well, Sue sacrificed her hair for a defibrillator that was installed at The Duck and Drake in Yaxley. She had also done this in support of Gemma’s Heart. 

Gemma started this organisation after her six-year-old son had collapsed and doctors believed that his heart had stopped and restarted. She too suffers from a life-threatening heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. She started with fundraising for defoliator for her’ school in Farcet. She now aims to help local schools become heart safe schools, by assisting them with fundraising for a defibrillator for their own building. 

Speaking about Sue, Gemma said, “Sue is an amazing and inspiring lady. So lovely and always wanting to help. She has done this for us before.  

“She is someone who will do this again and again and again. She is such a star for taking part in things like this, to help save lives. Just want to say thank you to her.” 

The defibrillator was initially supposed to be installed on March 28. However due to the current climate, some of its components, including the cabinet are yet to be delivered from other countries. Therefore, the installation is currently on hold but will be done as soon as things get back to normal.

Peterborough Matters would also like to say a special thank you to all the other local heroes who are doing their bit during these unprecedented times. 

Community groups, volunteers, neighbours, and charities looking out for vulnerable people, we would like to say thank you to you. 

Also, not to forget the NHS staff, supermarket staff, police, hospital cleaners, teachers, carers and every essential worker, still putting in the hours. Thank you from team Peterborough Matters. 

If you have local heroes in your community and would like to nominate them, just drop us a line at