A MUM-OF-TWO waved goodbye to her long locks as she raised more than £1,000 for charity.

Karen Reid, 33, braved the shave for Macmillan Cancer Support after her mum Angela McMurdo was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.

Erskine woman Karen wanted to give something back to Macmillan nurses who have cared for her mum throughout her successful treatment.

Doctors have managed to completely remove the tumour and, although Angela now needs radiotherapy, she will not have to go through any chemotherapy.

Losing all of your hair may be unthinkable for some people but Karen was only too happy to do something significant for her mum and other cancer sufferers.

She told The Gazette: “The shave went really well – better than I thought it would, actually.

“It was scary but, at the same time, it wasn’t – because I knew I was doing it for my mum after she had her operation and the Macmillan nurses who have helped so much.

“I didn’t mind having my hair chopped off. After all, it’s going to grow back.”

Karen’s close shave took place at McCallum’s Hair, in Lawn Street, Paisley.

And, to keep the fundraising effort in the family, her cousin Erica Neilson was more than happy to do the honours.

Also there to lend support were Angela and Karen’s daughter Melissa.

Karen describes her mum’s bravery as inspirational.

She added: “My mum has been so strong. When she was first diagnosed, I was pretty upset but she just said to me she wasn’t going to let it beat her.

“Thankfully, she is doing really well now and it looks like everything is going to be fine because the doctors caught it very early.

“What I would say to all women out there is to make sure you check your breasts regularly. If the doctors hadn’t spotted it on my mum so soon, things could have turned out a lot worse.”

Karen is still collecting money for the worthy cause. To make a donation, go online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/karen-reid15.