A hair-raising event in memory of tragic Kerry

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The husband and friends of a woman who died eight-and-a-half weeks after being diagnosed with cancer has raised more than £2,000 for Cransley Hospice.

Nigel Guilford, 48, whose late wife was Kerry Guilford, was joined by her brother-in-law Garry Morton, her cousin Paul Steventon and friend Darren Laughton to take part in a charity headshave in aid of the hospice which cared for her.

Kerry, who grew up in Kettering, lost her battle with the disease on January 15 aged 43.

The group had their heads shaved at Déjà Vu Hairdressers in Kettering on Friday.

Mr Guilford, of Hubble Road, Corby, said his wife spent one night in the hospice in December and had been cared for by the MacMillan nurses based there.

He said: “Unfortunately, or fortunately, with Kerry’s illness from being diagnosed to the day we lost her was eight-and-a-half weeks.

“She was home for just over five weeks and really getting my hair cut wasn’t a priority.

“In between her death and funeral I began to think what I would do and a headshave seemed a reasonably easy thing to do.”

He added: “I would imagine she would be very proud and probably having a good laugh and thinking we were a bit daft for doing it.”

Diane Joy, Kerry’s mother, said her daughter would have been proud of them.

She said: “You never know when anyone will need a hospice – it could be for any member of your family, you never know with these sorts of things.”