Charity head shave raises over £1000

Pictured is Nicole as Maire shaves her head

Pictured is Nicole as Maire shaves her head

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An Edzell teen has raised over £1,000 in aid of Cancer Research after getting her head shaved at June’s Angus Show near Brechin.

Nicole Leslie (15) had her head shaved by Marie Church in the sheep shearing tent on June 8 for the worthy cause in memory of her great grandmother, Joyce Hood, who sadly passed away as a result of the illness three years ago.

Speaking before she shaved her head, the Mearns Academy pupil said: “I want to do this because I couldn’t do anything to help her when she died.

“I know how it feels to watch someone be taken by cancer, and it’s not nice.”

Nicole opted to shave her hair, as she believes it will make a bigger statement.

She explained: “Most people who get cancer have no choice but to lose their hair, so I am doing this partly because of that.

“Also, I think it would make a bigger statement and maybe get other people to think and do something.”

Since the event several weeks ago, Nicole has been tallying up her donations and has raised over £1000 so far, with money still coming in.

She has smashed her original target of £300.

Her mother, Tracy Pirie, commented: “A huge thanks to everyone that contributed in the run up to and on the show day, she could not have done it without their kindness, and was overwhelmed by the generosity shown.

“Our thanks also go to the Angus Show committee for allowing Nicole to do this in the sheep shearing tent.”

Hairdresser Marie Church was also thanked for her efforts in the charity head shave. Tracy said: “A big thanks to Marie Church who donated her time to shave her hair and helped out with fund-raising.

“Overall this has been a very positive experience and has made Nicole very proud to be able to contribute something to this worthy cause.”