Barbara’s close shave nets £1,000 for charity

Barbara Watson after she had her head shaved for charity.
Barbara Watson after she had her head shaved for charity.

Caring Barbara Watson has thanked supporters for helping her to raise £1,000 for a child cancer charity after she bravely had all her hair shaved off.

The kind Hartlepool great-grandmother, who is battling cancer for the fourth time, decided to do it in a show of solidarity for town youngster Elly Mae Waugh, aged 10, who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

Barbara Watson halfway through getting her head shaved by Rebecca Smith.

Barbara Watson halfway through getting her head shaved by Rebecca Smith.

Barbara, 67, who is good friends with Elly Mae’s grandma, Beryl Waugh, had the drastic haircut in early October.

She is currently being treated for a brain tumour discovered in September.

Now the sponsorship has come in and Barbara, of the Central Estate, was amazed with how much she raised.

She said: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic that people put their hand in their pocket and raised £1,000 for me.

I would just like to thank everybody with all my heart

Barbara Watson

“It shows there is a lot of people out there who care. I would just like to thank everybody with all my heart.”

The money is going to CLIC Sargent which is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to them and their families.

Dee Tyler, CLIC Sargent area fundraising manager said: “Barbara is such a lovely lady, a real inspiration.

“I can’t believe she has managed to raise £1,000. When I met her she was crocheting hats for other patients in the hospice.”

Barbara also bought a present for Elly Mae with some of the money left over, a Lego Star Wars space ship.

Elly Mae, who goes to West View Primary School, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia during the summer holidays and is undergoing chemotherapy at the RVI in Newcastle where she spent her 10th birthday.

Barbara, married to David, 68, has previously raised money for causes including Hartlepool and District Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Great North Air Ambulance.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 and overcame the disease again in 2011 in her lung.

But it returned in both lungs and Barbara’s chest two years later.