Final count as charity headshave reaches £8000

Claire Moorhouse and friends presented a cheque for £8000 to Kirkwood Hospice at Kirkheaton Parish Centre after raising money with a charity head shave.

Claire Moorhouse, 36, and friends Jackie Ritchie, Heather Milner, Jean Baxendale, Elaine Cantrell, Yvonne Hirst, Michaela Hirst, Lizzie Hill, Annie Henderson, Ali Arharh-Stowe, Scapegoat Baptist Church minister Glenn Cannon and Phillip Rooker took to the barber’s chair at Kirkheaton Parish Centre to shave their heads to show their support for Jill Moorhouse, 49, who was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer in 2012.

Jill’s partner Claire was the one who came up with the idea. When speaking to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, she said: “Jill is having to undergo chemotherapy for the third time making this the second time she has lost her hair due to treatment, so, this time, we all wanted to show our support by losing ours too.”

“We also decided it would be a great opportunity for us to raise a little money, so we are asking for sponsorship with all proceeds and donations to be given to Kirkwood Hospice, who have supported us both through this difficult journey.”

Jill attended many of the sessions open to terminal cancer patients including drop-in sessions at the hospice’s Support and Therapy Department. Jill and Claire also use the hospices pre-bereavement support and counselling service and hopes that her contributions will help the hospice provide the same high-quality care to others.

Jill said: “ We frequently use the services at the Hospice. The doors are always open for us and every person has been approachable and warm.”

“The head shave was about giving something back to a fantastic service and spreading the message that the hospice is not just a place you come for your last few days.”