Hartlepool gran will have headshave to help hospice

Charitable gran Debbie Simmons.
Charitable gran Debbie Simmons.

A caring gran is preparing to shave off her hair to raise vital funds for the Hartlepool and District Hospice in memory of her stepdad.

Debbie Simmons, 48, from Hart Village, decided to take up the feat in order to thank the hospice which cared for her late stepdad.

Debbie's stepdad John Boagey.

Debbie's stepdad John Boagey.

John Boagey, 74, was a retired joiner from Seaton, known for managing the band The Toffees, recently lost his battle with cancer at the hospice.

His daughter Debbie shaved her head on May 1 in The Causeway Pub, in Hartlepool, in the hope of raising £1,000.

The mum-of-four and grandmother of one said: “My dad was in the hospice recently and they are just amazing, so I wanted to do something to say thank you.

“I would like then a big donation but I don’t have the money.

“My dad beat cancer twice before he died.

“He is proper strong-willed and has never been down about his cancer or winged about it.

“He first was diagnosed about six years ago and a year and a half ago they only gave him six months to live, but he surpassed that.

“I am just impressed with the staff at the hospice –- they are amazing and are brilliant with him.”

Debbie, who works as an occupational health technician, hopes to raise as much as possible through donations from generous individuals when she takes the plunge in two weeks’ time.

She said: “My dad was a lovely person and when people found out what happened they were all say in he was a gentleman and a real character. Everyone loved him.

“We are all so proud of him as he was so dignified throughout.

“He was amazing and never felt sorry for himself. He fought to the end.”

Hartlepool and District Hospice’s free services improve quality of life for terminally ill adults by focusing on respect, choice and empowerment.

They also help support families to cope throughout their difficult journey.

To sponsor Debbie, visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Debbie-Simmons3