A trio of Torphins women are set to say goodbye to their luscious locks to raise funds in memory of their departed mother and grandmother.
The females of the Scott- McKenzie family, mum Karen and daughters Niamh and Asiah, are cropping their long hair short tomorrow (Saturday, August 31) at 12 pm at Yarmain & Co on Banchory’s Bridge Street.
The idea came to mum Karen to mark the tenth anniversary of her mother Anges Fitzpatrick’s passing after a long battle with breast cancer.
Karen describes Agnes as a “well known” face around the streets of Banchory.
The Scott- McKenzies are therefore looking to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research UK and will be donating their ponytails to the Little Princess Trust- which provides wigs for children with the disease.
And the family is already doing fabulously with their fundraising efforts with total donations, at the time of writing, at £970- 97% of the way to their target.
Karen said: “My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 17 years old - our whole world fell apart! These things happen to other people, was my first thought (was) it can’t be real! My strongest memories of my mum were that she was such a brave woman... Over the years many of her friends battled cancer and as they would recover and go into remission she only ever did for short periods of time before being re diagnosed again and again. Nine years after she was first diagnosed she lost her brave battle.
“It is one of my strongest memories - standing in the bathroom with my mum shaving the last of her hair off after her first course of chemotherapy treatment. This has to be one of the most traumatic things any cancer patient has to go through... Cancer is no longer something that happens to ‘other people’, it is something that affects us all in some way and is therefore something that we all need to work together to find a cure.”
She added: “We would like to thank Lynne Thompson of Yarmain & Co and Jacqui Scott of Purple Jungle Photography for all their help and support with this fundraising event.”
Comments posted by donators on the just giving website include Suasn Melvin saying: “Such a generous-hearted and selfless gesture. I’m sure your mum would have been so proud of you all. xxxx”
You can donate through tha family’s just giving webpage at: www.justgiving.com/karen-scott-mckenzie1