Ryan’s close shave for charity

Ryan McPherson having his hair removed for charity in Cloud 9 on Thursday evening.
Ryan McPherson having his hair removed for charity in Cloud 9 on Thursday evening.

An Arbroath teenager has undergone a drastic hair makeover in order to raise almost £900 for a charity close to his heart.

Fifteen year-old Ryan McPherson had his long, curly hair shaved off in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The Arbroath High School pupil wanted to give something back to the charity as his girlfriend, Rachel Hunter, suffers from the condition.

And after collecting nearly £900 in sponsorship, the clippers were taken to his head in a special shave ceremony at the Cloud 9 salon on the West Port on Thursday evening.

Many of Ryan and Rachel’s friends and family packed into the hairdressers to watch as salon owner Bekki Smith-Dutton gave him his new look.

And his mum Wendy was so proud of her son for organising and undertaking the charity challenge.

She said: “I’m very proud of him for doing this because it is such a good cause.

“And especially as he did all this himself and wanted to do all this at his age.

“There were quite a lot of his friends there as well Rachel’s family and it was nice to see such a big turnout.

“I think he is quite happy with his new look as it certainly is quite a dramatic makeover!”

Ryan is now collecting up his sponsor money, which he hopes will total around £900 before donating it to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The charity provides support to sufferers of the condition along with their families and fund research in the hope that one day a cure for Cystic Fibrosis might be found.

They also help develop new treatments so that sufferers can live better for longer with the disease.