Bev’s close shave in memory of friend

Barber Dan Kilvington-Mason shaves the head of Bev Cox for charity.
Barber Dan Kilvington-Mason shaves the head of Bev Cox for charity.

A charity fundraiser has sacrificed her luxuriant locks to raise hundreds of pounds in memory of a close friend.

Bev Cox agreed to have her head shaved for her friend, Risedale Sports and Community College teacher Gill Harden, who lost her fight against cancer.

The long-hair lover from Liverpool invited friends and family to Richmond Rugby Club to witness local barber Dan Kilvington-Mason work his magic on her locks.

As well as raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, the platts were donated to the Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair through illness.

Mrs Cox, of Richmond, raised more than £2,200 in memory of Gill, who died shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Bev, an orthodontic practice manager at Alpha Dental in Bedale, said: “Gill would have laughed her head off because she was always envious of the thickness of my hair and the speed it grew.

“We have had some great support from the teachers at Risedale and Richmond schools, the rugby club, friends and family, because Gill was so popular.

“I didn’t think twice about doing it and I have bought some bandanas and hats to wear while it grows back, so it will be fine.”