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Grave work means a close shave for fund raising Paula

Grave work means a close shave for fund raising Paula Grave work means a close shave for fund raising Paula
Paula Taylor and Pastor Bill Finnimore are calling on the community to help improve Cookhill Baptist Church cemetery. Photo by Marcus Mingins 2015019MMR1
Updated: 3:00 pm, May 20, 2015

AN INSPIRATIONAL daughter will making a bald move in a bid to improve the cemetery where her father was recently laid to rest.

Paula Taylor, who lost her dad Roger Walker suddenly, is on a mission to raise £5,000 for Cookhill Baptist Church’s cemetery.

The 40-year-old, who will be shaving her hair off this month, decided to take on the fund-raising challenge after her disabled mother Angeline struggled to get to his graveside.

With a team of volunteers and tradesmen, Mrs Taylor will give the cemetery a complete overhaul by installing 90 metres of pathways, benches, birdtables and updating the car park.

On what would have been her father’s 65th birthday (May 30) the team will start the work with the hope of finishing everything on June 6.

Residents are also invited to do their bit on Saturday, May 30, while Paula is also in desperate need of plants, birdtables and benches.

The Headless Cross resident said she has been overwhelmed by the support so far and wanted to make the Chapel Lane spot a place for everyone.

“The ground is really uneven and there are no pathways at all. The parish is only very small so they don’t get a lot of funding and it will mean not only will we be able to see dad, other people can come and spend time with their loved ones.

“After going there I knew I had to do something and I thought people would take more notice if I shaved my head. It stood out a bit and grabbed people’s attention. Hopefully it will make people stop and think I’m very serious about this.

“Lots of people from the building trade who knew dad have offered their time and it is just so nice to see how he had impacted on others.

“He lived literally 200 yards from the church, so this is the perfect thing to do.”

A shopping evening is also being held on Wednesday, June 3, at The Stalls in Preston-on-Stour.

Anyone wanting to donate can do so through PayPal using the e-mail address of, or by calling Paula on 0792 1760 010.