Close shave in sibling support

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Following the shock diagnosis of his brother’s lung cancer last month Brendan O’Hara braved the shave to have all his hair cut off for charity.

He decided to undergo the radical change of appearance for Macmillan Cancer Support campaign ‘Brave the Shave’.

Brendan said: “In the weeks since his diagnosis, both Diarmid and his wife Yvonne have shown the most incredible courage in refusing to lie down to this disease.

“Their determination to fight and fight and keep on fighting has been absolutely inspirational. I wanted to do something positive to support him and when I saw the ‘Brave the Shave’ campaign I immediately signed up.”

The support for the cause through Mr O’Hara’s endeavours has amassed £2,743, smashing his original target of £1,500.

He continued: “There cannot be a family in Argyll & Bute who haven’t been affected in some way by cancer and I felt it was important to show solidarity, not just with my brother but with everyone else currently fighting this awful disease.

“I reckon I’ll look pretty awful for a few weeks but it’ll grow back and to be honest, at 53 years old I’m just

happy still to have enough hair that I can shave it off.”

A video of the event can be seen on his Facebook and there is still plenty of time to donate, visit

20,480 people have shaved their head in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care this year raising a staggering total of £2,083,921.79.

The money donated to Macmillan helps the charity support those – and the families of those – who have been diagnosed with cancer. For example £10 spent on the Macmillan Support Line could lead to us helping someone claim £409 in benefits or £185 could pay for a Macmillan Grant that helps a person living with cancer heat their home or £360 could help run a large Macmillan information and support centre for a day whereas £1,020 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week.