Neil in great trim after charity hair cut

Before and after: Neil, left, sporting his luscious long locks and, right, after getting the chop.
Before and after: Neil, left, sporting his luscious long locks and, right, after getting the chop.

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Glenbarr sheep farmer Neil MacPhail is in great trim after having his luscious locks sheared to raise money for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

It was a family affair as it was Neil’s niece, hair stylist Iona MacPhail of Hair By Iona, who took the scissors to his locks last Saturday evening.

The event had been postponed once or twice due to hospital admissions and lockdown restrictions.

As well as his hair and eyebrows receiving a major makeover, he also lost his moustache – and it makes him look 10 years younger, according to his wife, Lorraine.

Neil was 'immensely proud' of his long hair, left, but wife Lorraine thinks his new do, right, takes ten years off him.
Neil was ‘immensely proud’ of his long hair, left, but wife Lorraine thinks his new do, right, takes ten years off him.

Neil, from Skernish Farm, was never one to have very short hair but had been letting it grow since 2017 after fearing he would lose it as he underwent treatment but decided to have it cut to repay the ‘first-class care’ he received at the Beatson.

He was ‘immensely proud’ of his long locks, which grew half-way down his back, and thought cutting them was ‘a great sacrifice’ but felt the opportunity to raise vital funds for the specialist cancer care centre in Glasgow was worth his anguish.

Neil, who took ‘early’ retirement in June after celebrating his 80th birthday, hoped to raise £2,000 but as the Courier went to print, the total on his wife’s JustGiving crowdfunder page, which closes today, stood at more than £3,200.