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28th Nov, 2021

Maisie inspires her mum to have the chop in memory of her much-loved friend

A MOTHER and daughter inspired by the loss of a friend are getting ready to have their long locks chopped off this weekend to raise money for a cancer support charity.

On August 26 last year, Caroline Dickson lost her oldest and best friend Fiona McCarthy to bowel cancer. Touched by her friend’s bravery, she was moved to do something to help others fighting the disease.

“Fiona’s loss has been a huge blow to all of her friends and family,” said Caroline.

“We were friends from the age of 11 until she passed away aged just 39.

“Since then, I have been thinking about what I could do to help others in need of support and something that my best friend would have been proud of.”

And the inspiration came from Caroline’s eight-year-old daughter, Maisie, who decided that she would cut her long hair off to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Her mum added: “She makes me so proud every day with how kind and thoughtful she is and always putting others’ needs before her own – and I couldn’t let her do it on her own.

“We are both very excited about cutting our hair but also a bit emotional too. We are trying to focus on how proud Fiona would be for our efforts.”

So the pair, who live in Riverside, are now getting set for the big chop, tomorrow (Saturday, January 6), when the team at Legends salon in Crabbs Cross will cut their hair.

Her locks will then be donated it to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair to cancer.

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