She was a lecturer, friend and well-loved colleague, and last week hundreds turned out at a fundraiser in memory of Wendy Wigley, who passed away on December 29 last year after a short battle with cancer.
Wendy had been a long-serving staff member at Dundee and Angus College as a hairdressing lecturer, her workmates Janice Paterson and Michelle Archibald said, and her passing at the age of 56 had been a big blow to the campus.
“She went above and beyond for the students, Janice said.
“But she always said that’s just part of my job,” Michelle added.
They both described Wendy as very talented and very motivated with her students.
“All for the students, she just wanted them to do their very best,” Michelle said.
The fundraiser featured a competition in her memory, as well as a head-shave, leg waxing and other events to raise money for Maggie’s Dundee and Little Princess Trust.
“Wendy was very passionate about her competition work, that’s one of the reasons we’ve had competitions today,” Janice said.
Wendy was originally from Forfar and later moved to Kirriemuir.
The staff were all friends outside of work, and called themselves the dream team.
“She had a dry sense of humour, very fun, cheeky and very perceptive,” Michelle said.
“She got personalities just like that and it was part of something she used in her job as well, motivating the students.”
Hair-dressing lecturer Tracy Alexander had her head shaved on the day in memory of both Wendy and her own mother, who also passed away from cancer.
Her students were the ones who initially suggested she should do the shave.
“And because I didn’t say no straight away they said you’re doing it so I had to psych myself up for it,” she said.
“The more my clients stared giving money towards it the more I really wanted to do it because it was going towards cancer.”
She said she was a bit nervous coming up to the shave, but her daughter standing in front of her and the student’s support had made her feel better about it.
“I think I was bit more nervous about what colour I had, because I’ve been colouring it since I was young, so I was wondering what colour hair do I have,” she said.
“I think we’ll get the money counted and that’ll make it even better.
“I’m just not sure whether to colour it or not.”