Hartlepool friends shave heads for charity in memory of husbands

CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Friends Clare Barnfield (black left) and Susan Harker (back right) present the money to Janice Forbes (left) from the Hartlepool Hospice and Hilary Sadler from MacMillan Cancer Support (right) following the fundraiser Picture: DAVID WOOD
CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Friends Clare Barnfield (black left) and Susan Harker (back right) present the money to Janice Forbes (left) from the Hartlepool Hospice and Hilary Sadler from MacMillan Cancer Support (right) following the fundraiser Picture: DAVID WOOD

Two friends raised an amazing £4,000 for two great causes when they had their heads shaved in memory of one of their husbands.

Close pals Clare Barnfield and Susan Harker, from the Headland, had their hair completely shaved off at a charity night to remember Clare’s husband Peter.

CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Friends Clare Barnfield (black left) and Susan Harker (back right) present the money to Janice Forbes (left) from the Hartlepool Hospice and Hilary Sadler from MacMillan Cancer Support (right) following the fundraiser Picture: DAVID WOOD

CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Friends Clare Barnfield (black left) and Susan Harker (back right) present the money to Janice Forbes (left) from the Hartlepool Hospice and Hilary Sadler from MacMillan Cancer Support (right) following the fundraiser Picture: DAVID WOOD

Peter sadly died from cancer in July and the girls decided to hold the sponsored head shave on October 3, which would have been his birthday.

The close shaves were carried out in a charity night at Clare and Susan’s local pub The Globe.

Yesterday they presented £2,000 each to Macmillan Cancer Support and Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Clare, 52, said: “I can’t run or do a marathon so I decided to do this instead.

We thought originally if we got £1,000 we would be happy

Clare Barnfield

“I always used to say to Peter I was sick of my hair and he would say ‘well shave it off then’.”

Susan also bravely volunteered to do it with her to help raise more money.

But they were amazed at how much they made and said it was thanks to people and businesses on the Headland pulling together.

Clare added: “We thought originally if we got £1,000 we would be happy.”
Susan, 56, added: “We are over the moon. It was just from sponsor forms, we didn’t have any website or anything like that.

NPHM 16-10-15 Clare Barnfield and Susan Harker before having their hair shaved

NPHM 16-10-15 Clare Barnfield and Susan Harker before having their hair shaved

“People even paid to touch our heads afterwards and my granddaughter paid £20 to be able to cut my ponytail.”

They chose to give the proceeds to Macmillan and the hospice for the brilliant support they each gave to Peter, known as Barney, during his illness.

Hilary Sadler, a Macmillan clinical specialist with the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I would just like to say a huge thank you to Clare and Susan. The money will go towards improving services for patients and families who face the same circumstances as Peter and Clare did.”
Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, added: “It is a tremendous amount that they have raised. I think it was very brave of them to do this.

“The money will fund our patient care services that we provide to local people.”
Clare and Susan also said a special thanks to Liz and Phil at The Globe for holding the event.

NPHM 16-10-15 Clare Barnfield and Susan Harker after having their heads shaved

NPHM 16-10-15 Clare Barnfield and Susan Harker after having their heads shaved

Peter Barnfield who died of cancer in July

Peter Barnfield who died of cancer in July