SIX women and girls had a close shave for charity as they remembered family members and friends cared for at St Clare’s Hospice.
Sabrina Hubbert, from Jarrow, braved the clippers at ID Hair, in Coniston Avenue, Hebburn, along with her daughters Kayleigh and Keesha, mum Stephanie, plus niece Chloe and family friend Tracy Peel.
The women have already raised more than £1,000 and are pressing on with the charity work.
All the fundraising women were inspired to lose their locks because of the loved ones they have seen cared for at the Jarrow hospice.
And not content with boosting St Clare’s, the ladies are also donating their shaved hair to the Little Princesses Trust, which provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.
Sabrina, 34, first started fundraising when her grandmother, Celia Ellens, was cared for by the hospice, while suffering the final stages of bone cancer.
She said: “My nana, Celia, found out she had bone cancer and only lived a few weeks after her diagnosis.
“After she died, I took part in all kinds of events to raise money for the hospice with family members, to give thanks for the care she received.
“I have done a fire walk myself and my husband completed a sponsored bike ride and my sister did a bungee jump, while my stepdad and uncle did a zip-wire last year from the Tyne Bridge and are both doing it again this year, from the Baltic.
“Our fundraising has become a real family affair and we are grateful to everyone who sponsors and supports us along the way.”
Her family is also fundraising in memory of her Aunt Dorothy.
Family friend Tracy Peel, meanwhile, from Jarrow Sea Cadets, is raising cash in support of Chloe and Kayleigh, who are both sea cadets, plus in memory of her friend, Jacqui Burniston, who died 10 years ago, after receiving tender, loving care by staff at the hospice.
Senior hospice fundraiser Vanessa Mustard said: “We were stunned to hear so many of Sabrina’s family were willing to to shave off their hair to raise funds for the hospice.
“I know Kayleigh first thought of the event and at just 12 years old, it’s an incredibly inspiring thing to do.
“We are proud of the fundraising the family has done over the years and I hope the community will contribute, to support their hard work.”
n To help St Clare’s reach its annual £2m operating total, call 451 6400, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stclareshospice.co.uk.