A PUB landlady raised more than £1,500 for a cancer charity by shaving her head and hosting a family fun day.

Clair Coulson, landlady of The Green Dragon in Combe St Nicholas, was inspired to host the fundraising event after her father, Brian, was diagnosed with lung cancer in February.

“From the first day my father was diagnosed there was such a sense of community from people who are regulars at the pub” she said.

“Everyone really pulled together and completely understood why we couldn’t be there all the time, it was a really hard time.”

In a bid to give something back to the cancer unit at Exeter Hospital, Clair decided to host the fundraising event - and call time on her own head of hair - to raise money for the Cancer Force charity.

“It was a really great day, around 300 people came to the event and we raised £1,732 for Cancer Force so we were really happy so many people showed up to support this,” she said.

The determined fundraiser braved the shave in front of the crowd in a bid to show unity to cancer sufferers.

“I am really pleased that I shaved my head, I was inspired to do it after seeing the ‘Brave to Shave’ campaign,” she said.

“When I decided to shave my head, I was a bit nervous at first but I am really glad I did.

“The money we raised will go to Cancer Force, they will put it towards equipment at the cancer unit at Exeter Hospital which will really benefit the staff and patients there.

“They have been so supportive to my family since my father’s diagnosis and have given him such fantastic care that I really wanted to do something for them.

“It was a difficult time for us as a family and the support was really welcome.

“I was overwhelmed by the support we had on the day.

“I was only expecting to raise a couple of hundred quid and was completely shocked when I realised we had raised more than £1,700 for the charity.”

Clair said she hopes to raise more money for Cancer Force in the future.