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Hair-raising - £480 hospice boost after knee injury forces challenge change

The Westmorland Gazette: BEFORE: Alice Barker with hair stylist Sam McCracken BEFORE: Alice Barker with hair stylist Sam McCracken

A FURNESS mum has raised £480 for St Mary's Hospice, Ulverston, after having her head shaved when a knee injury prevented her from taking part in a sponsored walk.

The 29-year-old from Barrow Island said she’d wanted to support the hospice by joining Saturday’s Walk to Remember.

The mum of one, said: "The hospice is a cause close to my heart and I know that every little helps for St Mary’s.

"I have done the Walk to Remember about six times in the past with my best friend Steph Knibbs. I always like to walk in memory of my friend who died when she was just 23 of throat cancer but I just can’t do it this time so came up with the idea of shaving my head instead."

Alison, who is a carer, said it was one of her clients, Brian Lyon, 67, who inspired the head shave.

"Brian is currently battling cancer and has lost his hair due to chemo and so I shaved his head for him," she said. "It gave me the idea for the head shave and Brian was the first person to sponsor me."

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