Dundee woman Suzie ‘braves the shave’ in memory of mum

Dundee woman Suzie McKay has braved the shave in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research.

Suzie, 39, decided to get a number three haircut in memory of her late mum, Bernie Murphy McKay, who died of bladder cancer in August last year.

She has raised more than £380 – but also wanted to raise awareness of cancer screening.

Suzie with her long hair before her shave

The support practitioner, who is originally from Dublin, moved to Dundee in 2002 and lives on Victoria Dock.

She said: “I really want to raise awareness that people need to get a scan.

“Some people don’t believe in braving the shave.

“They feel it’s offensive to cancer patients who have lost their hair through treatment.

“I’d like to make it clear that it’s not about trying to mimic or emphasise what someone diagnosed with cancer goes through.

“The challenge is simply trying to raise funds and awareness, and for me it also helped with my grief by physically cutting away my hair.

“I can finally say goodbye to my mum.”

Suzie added: “It’s a physical release of some kind for me as it is for many others like me.

“That isn’t easy but it is necessary.

Suzie shows off her new look

“There are developments in cancer research every day but for my family and hundreds like us it’s too late because of the lack of early detection.”

Bernie remained in Ireland when Suzie made the move to the City of Discovery.

Suzie added: “From the moment I got to Dundee, I loved it here.

“I moved back home for a bit but my mum told me to come back to Dundee because she knew I was missing it.

“Before she died, mum said to me ‘you need to go home’.”