A shock discovery during a routine operation last year has led to a hair-raising fund-raiser by an Angus gamekeeper.
During a gall bladder operation last year, doctors found a large lump in Scott Dickinson’s neck which turned out to be a malignant tumour.
The previously unidentified tumour had to be removed to prevent the cancer spreading, all of which was a major shock to Scott who had not realised there was anything wrong.
He said: “To be honest, I wasn’t really aware of the lump in my neck until the doctors picked it up. Fortunately, they got it quite early. Experiences like that really open your eyes up and I also have a friend going through this just now.”
As soon as he was well enough the dad or four, from Millden, had no hesitation in volunteering to raise money for the Movember Foundation and the men’s health charities it champions.
Scott and fellow gamekeeper Sean Reddington from the Angus Glens Moorland Group both grew substantial bristles during November in aid of the organisation, which aims to prevent men dying young.
After a month of nurturing, their whiskers were recently whisked off at the Old Bolag Bar in Brechin by staff from La Sia Hair and Beauty, raising nearly £1000 - and a few laughs - in the process.
After his own personal experience, it was something Scott (36) was more than happy to do, even if it was a little more painful than he had expected.
Scott said: “You realise how important these charities are when you are in that situation yourself. You always think it is something that will not happen to you.”
Scott’s health has improved since the operation and he is now due to be a dad for the fifth time.
Both he and fellow moustache-wearing gamekeeper Sean raised a few glances as their whiskers - and some leg hair - were removed.
Lianne MacLennan, Angus Glens Moorland Group co-ordinator, praised the pair for their willingness.
She said: “Scott and Sean were excellent sports and took it all in their stride. A group of gamekeepers in Grampian also raised cash for Movember as they all feel it is a really good cause.
“Between them all they must have raised £3000 which is definitely worthwhile.”