A Glenrothes student has proved she is a cut above the rest when it comes to raising money for cancer charities.
Shannon Thomson, who studies hair and beauty at Fife College’s Cupar campus, recently had her lovely locks shaved and raised in excess of £1000.
The sponsorship money collected will benefit Cancer Research UK and also The Little Princess Trust, who specialise in making wigs for girls who have lost their hair because of cancer.
Shannon (16) said: “Losing your hair is one symptom many people face when trying to beat cancer and since I study hair, I felt it was the perfect way to raise the money.
“It is something I have always wanted to do and I’m so glad I did it.
‘‘I am really thankful to all of the students, staff, friends and family who supported me and helped raise such a fantastic sum.”
Audrey Storrier, who works in the hair and beauty department, said: “Shannon’s head shave was quite an event and gathered a crowd of supporters who cheered her on.
“We are all very proud of Shannon and feel she is very brave to have undertaken such a huge challenge.”
Cancer Research UK funds scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. The charity also provides cancer information to the public and is the single largest funder of cancer research.
It has made a lot of groundbreaking achievements and had real real progress in preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.
Meanwhile, the Little Princess Trust is a children’s cancer charity and its mission is to supply real-hair wigs to children across the UK and Ireland who have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
The Trust receives no formal funding and relies on community fundraising to continue its work to help boys and girls.
The Trust deals with specialist suppliers and experienced hairdressers who offer real-hair wigs tailored as much as possible to the individual child.
This is to give the child a wig with the most realistic look and feel, as close as possible to their original hair.
The Trust also strives to put parents/carers in contact with suppliers as local as possible.
However, in addition, the Trust also helps children with other conditions which also result in hair loss, the most common being alopecia.