A DUDLEY woman is getting set to shave off her blonde locks live on YouTube to help raise funds for a cause close to her heart.

Sam Byrne, a data analyst, wants to say thank you to Mary Stevens Hospice for the care given to her aunt Clare Hill who spent her final days in the Stourbridge hospice before losing her fight with cancer on January 30, aged just 42.

She also wants to pay homage to Clare, a published author, mum and young grandmother-of-one from Dudley, who she says "showed me that you can accomplish anything if you want to".

On her online donation page, she said: "She also struggled with mental health her entire life, but was such an inspiration to me. She was an accomplished author - writing books about her journey with mental health. Living Without Marbles, Crazy Lady Without the Cats and Broken - a crime novel.

Clare Hill

Clare Hill

"She found a way to get up on stage and try stand up comedy, the strength she had to try this out even with her mental health and physical health constraints leaves me in awe.

"She had strong opinions, fought for a cause by your side, and was just herself till the end. She didn't shy away from what she was feeling, and always let you know what she thought.

"She shared her battle with cancer unabashedly, keeping us all aware of the struggle and the strength she had trying to fight it through a pandemic nonetheless.

Clare Hill. Facebook

Clare Hill. Facebook

"Her journey was not easy with this life-ruining disease. However, Mary Stevens Hospice provided her with the security and care she needed near the end. And now this is where my entrance to the story begins.

"I want to show my thanks to Mary Stevens Hospice also show homage to my friend and our family by going out there and doing something awe-inspiring and daring.

"I will be shaving all my hair off to raise money and awareness for the great work of Mary Stevens Hospice in memory of Clare and her struggle through cancer.

Clare Hill. Pic - Facebook

Clare Hill. Pic - Facebook

"As we have a small matter of a pandemic on our hands I will be doing this live on YouTube for the world to see."

To watch Sam's charity feat check out her YouTube channel (https://youtube.com/channel/UCK-GwbxbWuAcyHJf2VVyD7g) at midday on Saturday March 6.

To sponsor her go to the Go Fund Me website and search 'live head shave in memory of Clare Hill'.

Sam, who says she too has suffered with mental health problems, has already smashed her £500 target but she's keen to raise as much money as possible.