Gallery: Lisa shaves head in memory of dad

When Lisa Barnard's father was undergoing a gruelling course of radiotherapy she made a promise that she was determined to keep.

IPSWICH: When Lisa Barnard's father was undergoing a gruelling course of radiotherapy she made a promise that she was determined to keep.

As a hairdresser she was extremely proud of her locks but she was willing to lose them all in support of her beloved dad.

So when he passed away in late October she knew that there was only one thing she could do.

On the weekend before Christmas Mrs Barnard was joined by family and friends at Hair Ministry in Capel St Mary where she works for a sponsored head shave.

The married 39-year-old mother-of-three was raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, which offered vital care and support during her father's illness.

Henry Baltzer, 71, from Ipswich, was diagnosed with cancer in April, and in his last days was looked after by the hospice at home team.

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Mrs Barnard, of Station Street, Ipswich, said: “I made a pact when dad was having his radiotherapy and losing his hair that I would shave mine off as well.

“He didn't actually go into the hospice because he wanted to stay at home but he did have the hospice at home team.

“They were absolutely fantastic. He was actually only very ill for one night - it was very quick - but they were absolutely amazing.

“The support was wonderful, just knowing someone was at the end of a phone was a great comfort to the whole family.”

Mrs Barnard, who is married to Kevin and has three children, Liam, 17, Tiegan, 11 and Erin, two, has so far raised �2,100 for St Elizabeth Hospice.

“My hair was quite funky before - short one side and longer the other - it wasn't really long,” she said. “But it was still a bit of a shock. I had to sleep with a hat on the first night because it was so cold but I'm used to it now.

“My eldest children and husband were fine and they had a little go shaving it off but my youngest took a little longer to get used to it, although she likes it now.

“I'd just like to say 'thank you' to everyone who has been so supportive - I couldn't have raised the money without their help. The donations are still coming in which is wonderful.”

She added that staff at Hair Ministry will continue to support St Elizabeth Hospice in the future and said the next event could be a parachute jump.

Have you raised money for a good cause? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.