Community stalwart Graeme Macklin is now proud to be bald after publicly shedding his locks in a bid to raise cash and awareness of prostate cancer
Diagnosed with the disease six years ago, Graeme is currently undergoing a course of chemotherapy.
He was warned his hair would drop out as a result but, rather than let that happen, he decided he would get his head shaved and use the event to raise cash for the charity Prostate Scotland.
At the same time, and more importantly, he wanted raise awareness in a bid to get men of all ages to have themselves checked out for signs of the disease and to urge their partners, mums and other female friends and relatives to get them to do so.
Graeme’s extreme haircut was carried out by hairdresser Jade Smith from Supercuts on Thursday in Centre West.
Many passers-by took the chance to pop a donation into the collection cans and pick up a leaflet.
Bald new look for community stalwart Graeme Macklin, pictured with his wife Jean
Graeme, who says he considers himself in a fight with ‘Mr P’ – Mr Prostate Cancer – added the day had been very special for him and his wife Jean.
“I felt it was special because I had chosen to foil Mr P’s plan to shed my locks in an undignified way!
“Jade Smith from Supercuts kindly did the honours and duly shaved my hair off, which attracted many donations into the cash cans for the Prostate Scotland charity. I also received other online donations through my justgiving site at www.justgiving.com/Graeme-Macklin1
“I must thank my wife Jean, Sheila Loan, Ian Wilson and the other friends who all supported me on my special day. Lots of good friends came to see the official ‘lopping of the locks’ and my thanks go to them and the many donations from the passing public of all ages.
“The important message was there for all to see: sons, dads and granpas, get your doctor to check you out on this health issue.
“I am only too glad my own GP, Paul Deehan, got me checked as unknown to me and him at the time, I had this awful disease just starting in my prostate gland. That was six years ago and the rest is history.
“I now continue my own fight with Mr P – raising awareness is what this is all about.”
Graeme also expressed thanks to the doctor and medical staff in ward three at Hairmyres Hospital as they were superb in saving him from a severe reaction to his first dose of chemo.
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