Hair team backing for brave Katie ...

Katie is pictured with (from left)  Hilary Elder, Nicky Harley, her mum Alanna Gallighan and Ally Galloway. Pic: FPA
Katie is pictured with (from left) Hilary Elder, Nicky Harley, her mum Alanna Gallighan and Ally Galloway. Pic: FPA

Staff at a hairdressing salon have marked its 20th anniversary by giving something back to the community and raising funds for a local youngsters.

The team at Alison Stewart Hairdressing have raised a total of £7500 for eight-year-old Katie Davidson from Thornton who has been fighting Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.

Katie, the niece of Alison Stewart stylist Nicki Harley, was diagnosed with the cancer in October 2013.

Having already completed a charity bungee jump for autism, Ally Galloway, office admin at the company, suggested that the team at the salon do one together to raise money for the youngster.

A team of 15 staff, along with Katie’s family and friends, took part in the Highland Fling Bungee at Killiecrankie in September, raising over £2500 for Katie’s fund.

Nicki Harley said: “Everyone got on board with the idea - even though most were terrified of doing the 132ft jump - which made it even more exciting and worthy.”

The night was a great success full of amazing people, food, music, magicians and lots of laughter

Nicki Harley

However this was just the beginning of their fundraising.

The hairdressing team, which has salons in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy, organsed the Katie Davidson Charity Ball in October.

The event, which took place at Balbirnie House Hotel, was supported by local businesses and the money raised was not only for Katie’s chemotherapy, but also for her family to be together on a holiday to Disneyland.

Nicki added: “The night was a great success full of amazing people, food, music, magicians and lots of laughter - all for a great cause!

“In all Alison Stewart Hairdressing raised £7500 for Katie’s fund and we are pleased that she is now in remission.”

Factfile: What exactly is Ewing’s Sarcoma?

Ewing’s Sarcoma is the second most common primary sarcoma in children and young people.

Sarcomas are rare types of cancer that develop in the supporting tissues of the body.

There are two main types: bone sarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas.

Ewing’s Sarcoma is a bone cancer and most commonly occurs in the long bones, ribs, pelvis and spine (vertebral column).

The exact cause of Ewing’s sarcoma is unknown.

Fewer than 30 children in the UK develop Ewing’s sarcoma each year. It usually occurs in the teenage years, and is more common in boys.

Ewing sarcoma is usually treated with a combination of chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy.