Close shave for charity

Volunteer coastguard Iain Mackinnon has his beard shaved of at Trinity Hairdressing in town after fundraising for a cancer charity in memory of a former colleague Picture: Kevin McGlynn

Want to read more?

We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a  subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.  In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).

Already a subscriber?

 

Problems logging in and require
technical support? Click here
Subscribe Now

Oban volunteer coastguard Iain Mackinnon has gone clean-shaven for the first time in more than three decades – in memory of a colleague.

So far Iain has raised more than £1,700 for Cancer Research UK remembering his pal Ali MacNab who was a trusted, respected and dedicated member of the Oban team and sadly died from cancer in 2016, aged 48.

Iain started his beard-growing challenge from a short trim back in October and just before he had it shaved off last week at Trinity Hairdressing and Beauty on Oban High Street, the longest hair measured four inches long.

‘I hardly recognised myself! It’s the first time I’ve been clean shaven in about 35 years. I’m hoping someone will knit me a balaclava to keep my face warm!

‘I am bowled over by the generosity of folks and am exceedingly grateful to everyone who donated. Trinity Hairdressing and Beauty did the shave free of charge and made a donation to the cause,’ said Iain who organised the ‘Shaving the beard for Ali’ event as a stop-gap after lockdown cancelled the last two annual fundraising walks that coastguard volunteers had been doing for cancer charities for Ali.

To donate to Iain’s fundraiser, visit https://bit.ly/35ckHEt

 

Caption: Volunteer coastguard Iain Mackinnon has his beard shaved off at Trinity Hairdressing to raise funds for a cancer charity in memory of a former colleague

Picture: Kevin McGlynn
KM_T13_beardshave