Close shaves for Kim and Eleanor

Chest Heart and Stroke char­ity ben­e­fits from spon­sor

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Two Burn­hill women are set for a close shave - to raise money for a good cause.

Kim Jack­son and Eleanor Young will both get their hair shaved off next week to raise money for CHSS (Chest, Heart and Stroke Scot­land).

It’s a cause close to both women’s hearts, as both of Kim’s par­ents passed away from heart at­tacks, while Eleanor vol­un­teers with the CHSS at their Tues­day Group, who meet at the United Re­form Church in Ruther­glen.

Now they’ll both be get­ting a hair­cut a week on Fri­day (Oc­to­ber 16), firstly at Bliss Hair Stylists on Chapel Street and then at Lisa O’ Brien hair stylists on Main Street.

The money they raise will also go to­wards help­ing a new CHSS so­cial group be­ing set up.

Kim said: “There are lots of peo­ple I knew who were do­ing spon­sored things, like runs or climb­ing. I wanted to do some­thing my­self, but I’m not phys­i­cally fit enough to do a lot of those things, and although I can talk for Scot­land a spon­sored si­lence wouldn’t be too hard be­cause I’d just sit there with a book and shut up for days!

“So for me it had to be a per­sonal chal­lenge and shav­ing my hair off is about as per­sonal as it can get. Eleanor said she’d do it as well, as she’s go­ing to be in­volved in run­ning the new group that‘s be­ing set up. They’ve been of­fered the use of a room at Castlemilk Fire Sta­tion but have no start-up funds yet, for things like a ket­tle.

“The cur­rent group is more a ther­a­peu­tic group, and the new group will be more of a so­cial thing.”

Kim’s own fam­ily has suf­fered over the years due to chests and heart prob­lems.

She added: “My par­ents both had prob­lems with it. My mum had COPD (Chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease) and my dad had a first heart at­tack in 1985, then a few mini-strokes, and it was a heart at­tack that took both of them, and a stroke for my un­cle.”

Now she’s hope­ful that her hair­cut will pro­vide some much-needed funds - and she’s pre­pared for her new look too.

She said: “I’ve had dif­fer­ent hair colours over the years, it’s not too dif­fer­ent from that. For what some peo­ple go through for char­ity, at least there’s no pain in­volved in do­ing this, other than look­ing a bit daft for a few weeks.

“It’s go­ing to get taken right down to num­ber one but it‘ll be fine.”

Kim and Eleanor have a Just Giv­ing page at https://crowd­fund­ing.just­giv­ing. com/K-J

Hair to­day Kim Jack­son and Eleanor Young who are to have their hair shaved for char­ity

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