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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