Dundee beauty salon to close for a week to raise money for charity

Louise and Dorothy Ryce

A Dundee businesswoman has closed down her shop for a week to raise money for two charities.

Louise Ryce, who owns the Aurora Salon in St Andrew’s Street, closed on Sunday in a fundraising drive for Macmillan Cancer Support nurses and Cancer Research.

The salon offers beauty and massage treatments.

Louise, 30, is selling clothes, raffling prizes donated by both Aurora and other local businesses, and offering discount treatments, all to boost the charities’ coffers.

She decided to run the fundraising week following mum Dorothy’s treatment for kidney cancer last year.

Dorothy, 60, had a kidney removed during her battle with the disease, which was treated at Ninewells Hospital.

Louise, who lives in the city centre, said: “The stuff I am selling is mainly clothes that have never been worn — a lot still have the labels on.

“Many of my customers have also handed in stuff, which is great.

“And other businesses have come forward with donations too, which I am really thankful to them for. The Ballumbie Castle Golf Club has donated a free round of golf, for example, so, hopefully, there’s something here for everyone.

“Some of the donations will be raffled, with tickets available here, and others items, such as the clothes and handbags, sold off.

“I’m also doing nails for just £10, which I hope a few women will take me up on. I hope as many people as possible will make it down.

“My mum beat cancer last year, so I just wanted to do something to raise money. The Macmillan nurses and Cancer Research do so much for people with the disease.”

Dorothy, from Douglas, got the all-clear just before Christmas.

She said: “I’m really happy and so proud of Louise for doing this.

“My treatment was quick and I was looked after so well. It’s such a good cause, so hopefully people can come down for a bargain.”