A loyal customer at Kirkwood Hospice’s Holmfirth shop had a close shave over the New Year, cutting her hair in front of customers to raise funds for the Huddersfield charity.

Frances O’Dwyer, 62, of Holmfirth, chopped her looks for Kirkwood after reading an article about film and TV actress Julie Walters taking the clippers to her hair.

She said: “It’s all Julie Walter’s fault really!

“I got the idea from her after reading about how she shaved her head to play the part of Mo Mowlam in a TV drama.

“At some point over the last few years my hair changed from a nice brown to a kind of sludge colour and it really aged me.

“In the article Julie Walters mentioned that when her hair grew back after playing the part, it had turned a wonderful silver colour.”

Frances, a keen supporter of hospices, has taken part in many of Kirkwood’s fundraising events since moving to West Yorkshire and she is hoping to raise around £500 with her latest initiative.

She said: “I thought, if I am going to do it, why not do it for charity?

“Wherever I have been I have always supported my local hospice. If ever my family or I needed their services I know they would be there.”

Ronnie Bell, 16, of Holmfirth, and volunteer Gavin Howe carried out the cropping.

Frances ODwyer, 62, of Holmfirth, chopped her locks for Kirkwood Hospice. Ronnie Bell, 16, does the shaving.
 

After her crew cut Frances said: “I was quite nervous about the looks on people’s faces whilst I was having my head shaved.

“But it doesn’t really feel all that different now. It’s almost as if I haven’t had anything done.”

Liz Turner, manager of Kirkwood Hospice’s Holmfirth shop, said: “Frances is a brilliant customer and a big supporter of the hospice.

“She takes part in many of the fundraising events at Kirkwood and we’re delighted that she has chosen to raise vital funds for the hospice with this challenge.

“Her efforts will make a huge difference locally.”

To sponsor Frances visit Kirkwood’s Holmfirth shop or call the hospice on 01484 557911.