Davie Braves the Shave for Macmillan Cancer Support

Published on : Thursday, September 1, 2016

41bfb246311d4d0c88661885cf118bb5-300x225The Forth Bridge became a pop-up barbers when Network Rail engineer Davie O’Donnell ‘braved the shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Support.

With the surprise help of former Rangers player Mark Hateley, Davie, a life-long Celtic fan, took part in the charity’s fundraising Brave the Shave challenge to have his hair and beard removed.

Known for sporting a voluminous hairstyle, colleagues from Inverkeithing maintenance delivery unit watched on to see what the ‘new Davie’ would look like, while family members waited for his big reveal below the bridge.

Davie said: “I decided to brave the shave in memory of my mum who sadly passed away from cancer on 31st of May this year. Unfortunately she didn’t get home for care but was very well looked after in the Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

“I am just so fortunate that I have a strong family network around me but there are a lot of people who don’t have that back up. Macmillan offers so much more than palliative care, it offers information, financial advice and friendly, general support for people when they need it most.”

Before getting his hands on the shaver Mark said: “Anything that we can do to raise the profile of different types of cancer and the support that is available is very important. I’m looking forward to carving in to Davie’s hair and beard and making him look like a new man.”

After around 20 minutes of shaving, Davie’s new style was complete and he could feel the difference straight away. “I was really looking forward to getting my hair cut but my head’s a bit cold now,” he said. “I think I’ll need to get away to a warmer climate or at least adjust my hard hat as I’ve lost some padding.”


As well as raising money to fund practical, medical and financial support, Macmillan’s brave the shave campaign throughout August highlights the visible effects of those living with cancer including hair loss as a result of treatment.


Source:- Network Rail

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