A woman had her hair shaved off in memory of her late father – and to say thank you to the nurses who cared for him in his final days.
Laura Tombs, 42, had all her hair shaved off at Hair Kare hairdressers in Woodburn, Midlothian.
Laura, who is originally from Galway in Ireland but now stays in Easthouses, is one of more than 20,000 people who have had their head shaved for Macmillan Cancer Research’s Braving the Shave, so far raising £2.3 million for the charity.
She said: “I did it for my dad. It’s very important to me. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last Christmas Eve and he died in March, so he only had three months with us.
“The palliative care nurses were amazing. The ability to make people that are severely ill still laugh and see each day as it comes, it’s incredible.
“I just want to say a special thanks to them all – and this is the best way I can do that.
“I think everyone that has been through this knows exactly what palliative care does, learning to deal with that last bit of grief.
“To be able to have someone saying ‘everything will be fine, take it day by day, step by step. We are here for you, and any questions you have we will answer them’ is a huge thing to have and it meant so much to us. They are just part of the family now.
“So this head shave was more to make people aware that these palliative care nurses are walking angels.
“That’s all I can describe them as. I don’t know how they do it.”
Laura revealed that immediately after her head shave she was left in a “fit of giggles” due to her new nickname.
She said: “I walked into Hair Kare and there were six of my friends waiting to see me get it done. It was great to get that support, really nice.
“Of course, as I’m Irish, I’m now known as Sinead O’Connor!
“It was strange though, after I had my hair shaved I walked into the card shop in Dalkeith and Nothing Compares to You came on.
“I nearly died with laughter. I just took a fit of giggles. I thought, ‘Dad, you really are watching over me’.
“When I left the shop it was raining and cold. I have to say, I don’t know how bald men deal with the cold and the rain going down your head, it’s not nice!”
Laura has now smashed her original fundraising target of £100 by raising £500, and will hold a coffee morning on Thursday to raise yet more money. To donate, go to www.bravetheshave.org.uk and search for “Laura Tombs”.