Family pays tribute to cancer victim in mohican stunt

Melanie's auntie performs the drastic haircut
Melanie's auntie performs the drastic haircut
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WHEN it came to fundraising in memory of her late father, Melanie Fleming didn’t have to look far for inspiration.

Mrs Fleming decided to take the drastic step of having her flowing locks cut into the style of a mohican in honour of her father, Hibs-daft Stewart Boorman, who died from the disease last year.

He was no stranger to carrying out unusual stunts and played one final trick on his Hearts-supporting brother Ian by making him go to the Hibernian club shop to buy the shirt in which he was to be buried.

Mrs Fleming said she thought he would approve of the eye-catching haircut.

The 33-year-old farm worker, said: “My dad once put beads in his hair in memory of a cousin who died of leukaemia, so he would have thought this was just great.

“You get a lot of people raising money for this cause and I know you have to do something a bit different to get noticed.

“If you had something more mainstream I’m sure people would still donate, but for something like this you get that little more.

“I was terrified because I’ve always had long hair. Hopefully, I’ll be able to just keep my head down for a while.”

The charity stunt was held in front of scores of friends and family on Saturday night at the Meadows Hotel, and Mrs Fleming’s uncle joined in.

She said: “My uncle Ian doesn’t have quite enough hair on top for a mohican, so he’s kind of got an inverted one, and dyed it green and maroon on each side.”

Mr Boorman, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 58, arranged every aspect of his football-themed funeral as he knew his disease was inoperable.

The man, who worked at the Leith Mills store and was well-known in the area, even penned his own newspaper death notice, and requested mourners wear football strips.

Mrs Fleming added: “There was a great turnout for the funeral, which saw a sea of football colours as dad requested. This was a bit of a personal tribute to him, I really wanted to give something back to Cancer Research UK.

“My uncle works on a rig and has been able to raise a fair bit as well.” Head chef at the Meadows, Brendan Captain, himself a former cancer sufferer, agreed to put a free buffet on to help the event.

To donate to the cause visit www.donateinmemory.cancerresearchuk.org//0002003