Teen ‘braves the shave’ for cancer fundraiser

A kind teenager had her long locks cut off to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support after her aunt was diagnosed with the illness.

Billie Melrose (14) of Nithsdale Crescent, Bearsden, has never had her long curly hair cut short before, but she decided to ‘brave the shave’ because it’s all for such a good cause.

SLIDESHOW: Watch as brave 14-year-old Billie Melrose gets her lovely long hair shaved off - but it's all for a good cause.

SLIDESHOW: Watch as brave 14-year-old Billie Melrose gets her lovely long hair shaved off - but it's all for a good cause.

The charity is close to Billie’s heart because her Aunt Jean was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 53.

And the nine-year-old daughter of a family friend was also recently diagnosed with cancer.

Billie said: “I know people who have cancer and who have unfortunately lost their hair.

“I wanted to do this to show them that, hair or not, you are beautiful.

Billie Melrose had her hair shaved off for Macmillan Cancer Support. Cousins Declan Buchanan (11) and Claire Urquhaurt cutting Billie's hair.

Billie Melrose had her hair shaved off for Macmillan Cancer Support. Cousins Declan Buchanan (11) and Claire Urquhaurt cutting Billie's hair.

“Macmillan is an absolutely brilliant cause.”

Billie’s hair reached the bottom of her back before the haircut - because she had only ever had it trimmed.

Before the close shave she said: “I’m a bit scared to get it all cut off and shaved down to a zero.

“It’s going to be a bit chilly over the winter - I will have to wear a hat or I will be freezing cold.”

Her cousin Declan’s dad bid £30 to cut off her ponytail and his brother’s girlfriend, Claire, who is a hairdresser, shaved it all off.

The cash Billie raises will be used to fund Macmillan nurses and therapists to help people through their treatment.

Macmillan also provides experts on the end of the phone and advisers to help people find out which benefits they’re entitled to.

They also have campaigners pushing for better cancer care and online support for people with cancer which is available any time.

Her dad, Danny Melrose, who works for the NHS, said: “I think Billie’s very brave and I think what she’s doing is fantastic. I’m sure Macmillan will put her money to very good use.”

Billie has raised over her £200 target already, she has reached £600, to donate please visit www.bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/billie-melrose/