FUNDRAISING has been a money-spinning and hair-raising experience for Claire Alford who ‘braved the shave’ in memory of friends and loved ones.
Claire has raised more than £2,000 by losing her locks in her sponsored head shave at a packed Kings Arms pub in Tring, where a live band helped add to the party spirit.
Supporters were so impressed by her brave effort that they pushed her fundraising total beyond her target – and so her husband John kept to his part in the deal and had his distinctive Mohawk cut shaved off too.
Claire was inspired to go under the hairdresser’s shaver by the loss of her father-in-law in June to lung cancer, and by witnessing the effect of life-limiting illnesses on family and friends including her own father who has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. She has collected £1,710 so far in online sponsorship and a further £450 in cash on the night, which will be shared between Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Cancer Research UK.
“I don't have the ability to run marathons so I thought this was the next best option,” said Claire. If it hadn’t been for the hard work and support of Rennie Grove nurses “the last few weeks we had with my father-in-law would have been unbearable”, she explained. “They show such amazing amounts of compassion and strength. I was in awe that they also turned up with a smile.
“The nurses were amazing and I don't think we could have got through everything without their huge amounts of support.”
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