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Hair it for Mac, he’s shaved his locks off
Buy this photo » Iain McKay after his headshave to raise money for Prospect Hospice in memory of Suzanne Quick
STAFF at IS-Rayfast fondly remembered a colleague who lost her battle with cancer last year by holding a sponsored headshave.
Iain ‘Mac’ McKay, 52, who has been growing his curly hair since December 2012, had his head shaved as part of a number of activities aimed at raising money for Prospect Hospice in memory of colleague and friend, Suzanne Quick, who lost her battle with cancer at the age of 45.
Mac, who works in the dispatches department of the stockist and distribution company, said: “I let my hair grow since last December and all through the summer, and now I am going to shave it off.
“I should have done it the other way around really.
“I dyed it blonde too – I’ve never been blonde in my life.
“I just know that Suz will be laughing. My hair is quite curly so it’s grown quite big too and I look like Coco the Clown.”
Suzanne spent her last days in Prospect Hospice, which is why Mac decided to send the money to the Wroughton-based charity. So far he has raised more than £200.
Mac said: “Suz had a cough for a long time and we just kept telling her to go back to the doctor about it.
“Prospect Hospice looked after her in her last few days.
“If anyone gets a cough that hangs around for a while they should go and see a doctor as soon as they can. If you think there is something wrong you should be persistent, don’t give up trying to get it sorted.”
Suzanne, who worked in the sales department of the company, was very popular at Rayfast and was a great support to Mac when he first started with the company.
Mac said: “When I started at Rayfast she helped me out and welcomed me.
“She used to come into the warehouse and make us all cups of tea because sometimes we were so busy we didn’t have time to make them ourselves.”
Mac’s team leader, Wayne Anderson, shaved his head for him using a kit Mac’s niece gave to him.
Mac said: “My niece is in the forces and she went through a phase of shaving her head and so she had a special kit. She’s grown it long now and she said I could use it for the shave when I told her I was doing it.”
As well as the headshave, staff held a cake sale and fun day as part of their fundraising efforts.
Rebecca Murray, Senior Defence Business Coordinator at IS-Rayfast, said: “Suzanne worked here for many years and everybody knew her very well.
“We just wanted to mark the occasion really and to help raise money for Prospect.”
For more information about Prospect visit www.prospect-hospice.net or call 01793 813355.
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