Cathy’s ahead for cancer care

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A woman whose family has been devastated by cancer has sacrificed her long locks to help Macmillan nurses.

Catherine Monaghan, of Kirkintilloch, braved the shave to raise more than £500 for the cancer support service.

She decided she wanted to help after her gran and aunt died of the disease.

Catherine said: “My husband’s gran now also has cancer.

“So many of my family members and friends have had their lives affected by the disease and the Macmillan nurses have always been there with support.”

Local stylists Ab Fab Hair did the honours of chopping off Catherine’s lovely tresses at her husband Paul’s photographic firm, The Kirky Studio.

Catherine’s long locks will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs and hair pieces for children who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatment.

Before her hair-raising stint, Catherine, who volunteers locally with Deafblind Scotland, confessed: “I’m absolutely terrified. The thought of losing my crowning glory and being bald actually makes me feel a little sick.

“But it’s nothing compared to what so many sufferers of cancer have had to endure.”

Catherine joined people from all over the UK who are ‘braving the shave’ for the Macmillan charity.

She added; “They provide such a needed service and I’d like to do what I can to help keep them funded.”

A charity spokesperson said: “By ‘braving the shave’ you’ll be standing proudly alongside men and women with cancer whilst raising money so Macmillan Cancer Support can help people take control back from cancer.

“We know that cancer can turn the world upside down and that’s especially true when it comes to appearance.

“Men and women with cancer go through hair loss and changes to their appearance that can affect everything from the way they look, to how they feel.

“So when they need someone to turn to, Macmillan is here. Right from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, we’re here to give people the energy and inspiration to take back control of their life.”

For more information, visit https://bravetheshave.org.uk