Caring barber creates crazy hairstyles for battling Bradley

Empire Barber's staff Claire Hardy, centre, with Beth Rose and Bethany Hardy, fundraising for Bradley Lowery.

Empire Barber's staff Claire Hardy, centre, with Beth Rose and Bethany Hardy, fundraising for Bradley Lowery.

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Caring fundraisers turned themselves inside out to earn some cash for a youngster who is fighting cancer.

Barber Clare Hardy wore her clothes inside out and gave herself a crazy hairstyle in a bid to raise cash for battling Blackhall youngster Bradley Lowery.

Bradley Lowery after he had his head shaved.

Bradley Lowery after he had his head shaved.

Mum-of-three Claire, who owns Empire Barbers, in Middle Street, Blackhall, organised the quirky event with fellow barber Beth Rose in the hope of raising as much as possible for Bradley who is fighting cancer neuroblastoma.

Mrs Hardy, from Milton Avenue, Blackhall, asked local companies, shops and customers, to join her in taking a ‘selfie’ with a crazy hairstyle and backwards clothes and upload it on Bradley’s Facebook page before making a £1 donation to the cause.

The 36-year-old said: “I went to Wellfield School with Bradley’s uncle, David Stonebank, who recently got a Sunderland tattoo for Bradley, so I have known about Bradley’s illness from when he was first diagnosed.

“Everyone in Blackhall wants to do everything they can to help him. When he relapsed it was a big shock to everybody.”

She added: “As I mum of three girls myself, I can’t imagine how devastating it must be for Bradley’s family.

“So I thought if I can get a few people to do this event then hopefully it will help them to raise funds.”

Also involved in the event were npower, Peterlee Care Home, Yohden Hall Nursing Home and Durham County Council recycling depot - along with a number of other shops in Blackhall.

Customers and staff members were asked to make a donation of £1 into collection pots on the day or visit Bradley’s fundraising page directly to donate to the cause.

Five-year-old Bradley was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma in January 2013 and after battling the cancer he went into remission.

But in July this year his family were given the news that he had relapsed and now his parents, Gemma and Carl Lowery, both 33, are trying to raise £700,000 for life-saving treatment in America.

Earlier this month brave Bradley had his head shaved to lessen the impact of his hair falling out as he undergoes chemotherapy.

The little fighter managed to raise £2,000 from the shave which will go towards the total needed for treatment, accommodation and insurance in the US.

To donate or for more information visit: www.bradleylowerysfight.co.uk

Or text BRAD02 then £1 to 70070.