A CLACKS woman has braved the shave for a third time in a bid to support families facing a cancer diagnosis.

Dana McQuater saw all her hair shaved off at a fundraising event on Saturday, August 20, and was blown away by the support received from the community.

She went under the clippers in support of dad Andrew, who has been diagnosed with stage four terminal colon cancer, and is hoping the funds for Macmillan Cancer Support will help other families going through a similar situation.

Dana, 26, was originally hoping to raise £300 but smashed the target tenfold, raising more than £3,000 from donations coming in online and in cash on the day.

Kind-hearted Dana, who first braved the shave for Macmillan at the age of 19 in memory of her granddad, told the Advertiser she was "shocked, surprised and thankful" after receiving so much support.

The shave went ahead at Alloa Ludgate Church where extra chairs had to be brought in on the day, which also featured hot drinks along with a wide variety of home baked goods.

Dana said: "There's nothing that's going to make my dad any better, apart from a miracle at this stage, I just thought I need to do something so there's support out there for families who are going through what we are going through.

"He is not in pain, that's all we can ask for now."

The home baking effort was supported by many in attendance, including Dana's sister Kristy McFadden and brother Finlay McQuater.

Dana's good friend Gillian Law had the honours of shaving her hair with quite a crowd coming together to bear witness.

"It was a nice day, there was a lot more people there than I thought, a few of my dad's work friends came as well, that was nice."

Dana, who also featured in the Advertiser when she was named as the next youth moderator of the Church of Scotland in 2019, added: "I just can't thank everybody enough, my target was only £300 and now I've got cash donations, sponsor sheets and online donations all add up to over £3,000.

"This is the third time I'm doing it and I've now smashed both my last totals as well, so I just can't thank everybody enough, even though it's the third time.

"This one probably is the most special one, for my dad and for my family – especially my brother and sister – I just actually can't believe the support we are getting."

The online fundraiser is still open, visit bit.ly/3ce4IJI to give support.