East Kilbride mum has a close shave for charity
A MUM who braved a ‘close shave’ to celebrate her 40th birthday has raised nearly £2000 for two charities close to her heart.
Instead of going on the trip of a lifetime or throwing a big birthday bash Grace Crossan, from East Mains, shaved off all her crowning glory in aid of Yorkhill Hospital and St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie.
And friends and family all rallied round to support her by using the cash they saved on birthday presents to sponsor her.
Grace chose her respective charities as she volunteers for St Andrew’s Hospice and Yorkhill Hospital helped nurse her 12-year-old son Luke back to health when he was born prematurely and suffered a haemorrhaged lung as a tiny baby.
But the former St Leonard’s Primary and St Bride’s High School pupil admitted that she went for dinner and drinks with husband Derek, son Luke, a first year pupil at St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High, and other close members of her family to prepare herself for the head shave.
Grace, who works at the head office of Airdrie Savings Bank, told the News: “When I thought about my birthday I realised I have everything I need in life, top of which is a loving family. I don’t need anything else.
“I actually found the head shave quite liberating and it was great being on holiday and being able to wash my hair and not have to bother about it.
“And all my family actually loved my new look even although they were a bit taken aback at first. I have been called Sinead O’Connor more than once.
“When I wasn’t well last year my hair fell out so I thought why not do this for charity? I volunteer for St Andrew’s Hospice and my son was in Yorkhill as a baby.
“Also, I wasn’t risking life or limb by doing it. I did a bungee jump once before and I was all bruised and battered so I wasn’t in a rush to do anything like that again.”
It was actually Grace’s husband who jokingly suggested she shave her head in the first place for charity but got more than he bargained for when she actually took up the challenge.
So far, Grace is delighted to have raised £1800 for her two charities with more sponsorship money still to come in.
She added: “I would just like to thank everyone who has donated to such good causes and to Wylie and Flannigan in the Village for cutting my hair. I would also like to thank Chi Health and Beauty in East Kilbride who did my eyelashes for me.”