Tarbrax Christmas Fair 2014 Close Shave Slideshow

IT was a case of hair today, gone tomorrow for friends Mandy Walker and Wendy Middleton as they got their heads shaved for charity.

The charity event was held at this year’s Tarbrax Christmas Fair and the girls’ helped to raise more than £4,600.

Hair today...gone tomorrow for friends Wendy Middleton and Mandy Walker at Tarbrax Christmas Fair in the community hall. (Pic James Clare)

Hair today...gone tomorrow for friends Wendy Middleton and Mandy Walker at Tarbrax Christmas Fair in the community hall. (Pic James Clare)

It will be split between the Teenage Cancer Trust and Canine Partners, assisting disabled people to enjoy greater independence and a better quality of life with the help of specially trained dogs.

Mandy (42) said: “We had an amazing day; it’s all a bit of a blur.

“We couldn’t stop giggling at each other when we were getting our hair shaved off.

“I’ve really embraced it now; I don’t think I will go back to having really long hair.

“Everyone says that going bald is painless and getting our heads shaved is nothing compared to what people living with cancer are going through.”

The head shave was just part of the fun at the fair with a variety of stalls and Santa’s Grotto packed with locals.

“There were plenty of people here throughout the day,” said Mandy. “The stallholders seemed happy and Santa’s Grotto was very busy.

“Everyone in the community really got into the spirit of the event.”

Mandy and Wendy (46) have been friends for 16 years, having met when they both worked at Edinburgh Zoo. Both are now self-employed dog walkers.

Mandy also revealed that although she has had her head shaved she still has more than husband Mark.

“Mark has really embraced the short hair,” added Mandy. “He is as bald as a coot so I’ve still got more hair than him!

“I’m so glad that we did it. Wendy was more keen to do it than I was. What I am most surprised at is that I’m not wearing a hat now when I’m going out.”

You can still sponsor Mandy and Wendy. Simply log onto http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/mandersandwendersgobald and follow the instructions.

Freelance photographer James Clare was on hand to capture the action for the Gazette and his pictures are featured in our slideshow, created for your viewing pleasure by editor Julie Currie.

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