Borders College

Close shaves boost cancer charity coffers

Four local people have ‘braved the shave’ by letting Borders College Hairdressing students loose on their locks with the clippers in order to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support who help people living with cancer.

Sophie Watt Brave the Shave 2018

Pictured left to right are Joe Devlin, Dave Macnamara, Sophie Watt, and Douglas Jardine

National 4 Care student Sophie Watt (of Innerleithen) was flanked by Borders College Students’ Association (BCSA) President Douglas Jardine (of Peebles), BCSA Volunteer Joe Devlin (of St Boswells) and Watt family friend Dave Macnamara (of Galashiels) in the College Salon. Watched by classmates, students and staff members, they allowed their varying hair styles to be shorn by the level 3 Hairdressing students.

Sophie, aged 17, made the choice to go through with this bold challenge in recognition of the support Macmillan have provided to her family while her mother received support and care for terminal cancer.

Sophie said:

“I did this shave not only for my mum but to raise awareness that it’s not only the person with cancer that is affected, it’s the people around too. I did this to show that it’s okay to ask for help, it’s okay not to feel okay, and it’s okay to talk. Never keep it in!

“Macmillan made my mum feel alive, like she wasn’t ill, and they gave the support that she needed. They have given us the support. They gave mum so much energy. Thank you Macmillan!”

Almost £2.5 million has been raised for the deserving cause in 2018 alone by over 11,000 ‘shavers’ – with Sophie and Dave raising a further £345 and £400 respectively, and a bake sale held by the level 3 hairdressers prior to the big shave bringing in £171, the impressive sum of £916 was added to the cause by Sophie and her supporters.

There is still time to support Sophie’s campaign and add to the amount she has already raised – to donate, visit

To find out more about this worthwhile initiative, visit the Macmillan website.

Published: Thu 29th Nov, 2018