Cassie’s close shave for cancer charity

Cassie and daughter Calissa after the charity haircut.

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A Carradale mum has gone the extra length in her fundraising effort by having her golden locks shaved to the bone in support of her big brother.

Cassie MacDougall was devastated when her elder sibling Kris McTaggart was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma late last year and felt helpless when Covid restrictions prevented her from lending support in person when he was sent to the Beatson Cancer Centre in Glasgow to receive treatment.

Cassie before the clippers came out.

Unable to visit her brother, Cassie instead decided that if she could raise £100 for Cancer Research UK by shaving her shoulder length hair off, and give Kris a laugh into the bargain, then at least she would have done something to help.

‘It was really difficult when we found out Kris had cancer but that we couldn’t visit him,’ said Cassie.

‘If things had been different I would be down at the Beatson as much as I could, holding his hand and trying to cheer him up when he was feeling a bit down.

‘That was not to be though so I had to think of something else I could do to support him and all the amazing professionals who have been looking after him.’

In the space of three days Cassie’s total had reached well over £800 and she now intends to keep it running until the end of February when she will dye her regrowth purple and pink in support of both Hodgkin and breast cancer awareness.

‘There have been so many people involved in Kris’s care and treatment and it would be great to be able to do something for all of them,’ added Cassie.

‘The Mairi Semple charity, Macmillan, Dr Terry and staff at Campbeltown and the Beatson hospitals to name but a few. All of them do tremendous work at the best of times but even more so now that they have Covid in the mix too.

‘Kris’s wife Patrice has also been amazing and I want to thank everyone for looking after him so well.’

Cassie filmed her head shave live on Facebook with her seven-year-old daughter Calissa helping her do the back. Both Calissa and Cassie’s husband David, who is registered blind, are very proud of her fundraising effort.

‘Calissa keeps rubbing my head because she thinks it feels great and I think David is just glad he doesn’t choke on it anymore when we are sleeping,’ she added.

‘They have both been a great support though. Kris himself thinks it’s really funny, he didn’t actually think I would do it. He also wants to thank his whole family for the support that he has been getting as well.

‘The money I raise will help fund life-saving research and to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.’

To donate to Cassie’s fundraiser visit her Mrs’s Giving Page on Facebook.