Morecambe gran shaves head for St John’s Hospice

“My hair will grow back but they can’t get their lives back.”

Katrina McMurray, 49, has made a vow to keep strong for her family members who are suffering from cancer.

Katrina McMurray outside Wileys in Morecambe before her charity head shave for St John's Hospice.

Katrina McMurray outside Wileys in Morecambe before her charity head shave for St John's Hospice.

The Morecambe grandmother wanted to give something back to Lancaster’s St John’s Hospice who have helped the mum-of-one through some difficult times.

So Katrina decided to chop of her locks at Wileys Barbers in Morecambe and in the process has raised more than £1,000 for the hospice.

Mrs McMurray said: “I have got a cold head but I like it. I’m not putting my hat on yet I have got to be proud of what I have done.”

Originally from Salisbury, Wiltshire, Katrina has lived in Morecambe for 18 years but finds it difficult to be away from her brother, Timothy Burtt, 44, who has a rare form of stomach cancer.

Katrina McMurray with Wiley after her headshave for St John's Hospice.

Katrina McMurray with Wiley after her headshave for St John's Hospice.

Mrs McMurray said: “I do struggle being so far away from him. It is devastating, you don’t know what to say, my brother is so strong.”

Lancaster’s St John’s Hospice has looked after many patients including Katrina’s friend, Gill Hope, who passed away last year.

Mrs McMurray said: “They looked after her really well, she had a big operation but it didn’t work.

“It was really sad but they were there for her and her family and friends.”

Katrina’s strong attitude and determination has stunned family members and friends.

She said: “You’ve got to be strong, I’ve had some bad times in my life, but nothing hurts anymore because you have been hurt that bad before.”

Katrina also made two hamper boxes as prizes for her ‘guess the name of the rocking horse’ game. A customer at Rita’s Café in Morecambe guessed the correct name of the horse ‘Hope’, named after Gill Hope. The game raised £105 for the hospice.