Emma says farewell to her locks

Emma Clarke

Emma Clarke

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A Ripley woman has had her head shaved in a bid to raise cash for Leukaemia Research in memory of her brother.

Emma Clarke’s long auburn locks were lopped at a special charity night on Saturday, April 20, in the Nags Head on Butterley Hill in the town.

The night was dedicated to her brother, Andrew Clarke, a fireman who died at the age of 52 in December 2011. She said: “It’s for a good cause and it’s something I have always wanted to do for charity. My brother used to be a Scout leader for 20-odd years and was well known around Ripley.”

Local group Biglix played and there was a raffle with prizes donated by Hursts chemist, Boots chemist and jewellery vouchers from Silvarious Jewellers.

Emma, 45, of Moss Lane, said: “I know the bit that it raises will never cure leukaemia, but if it can help to take one small step and stop another family going through its devastating affects then I shall be happy. The words of encouragement I have received so far and the fast donations that made me decide to go ahead with it. I have received £40 so far and around £210 in pledges and thank every body in anticipation for anything that you can spare no matter how small.”

Andrew lived in Alderwasley and was married to Jane.

If you would like to donate go to her just giving page at www.justgiving.com/emma-clarke45