IN MEMORY of her mum, a Moray fitness instructor is having her hair shaved off to a pink ribbon design in support of a cancer charity.
Tracey Carrington lost her mother, Marianne Ross, to breast cancer in 1999 while her father Bernard has also battled the disease.
With October being cancer awareness month, Tracey wanted to raise cash for the Breast Cancer Care Scotland charity and decided a unique shaven hair design would do the trick.
So this weekend, she will get her locks clippered off and the breast cancer pink ribbon symbol carved in, along with a love heart and halo as a tribute to everyone affected by cancer.
"People are asking me why I am doing it in a cold month like October," Tracey said. "But its cancer awareness month, and I lost my mum in October so I wanted to do something in support.
"Having a cold head for the winter is the least of my worries when there’s people out there a lot worse off."
Tracey’s charity trim is being done by the local K & M Barbers salon, and takes place in the St Giles shopping centre on Saturday at 3pm.
Donations to the charity can be made on the day, online at www.justgiving.com/Tracey-Carrington or by emailing Tracey on firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is well aware that cancer has affected so many lives in Moray, and has her own personal family story to tell.
"My mum died of cancer. She had breast cancer which went to her lung and her liver, and eventually she died of a brain tumour.
"It’s not a nice thing to see a parent dying like that.
"My dad had been through it as well. He had cancer of the gullet for a second time in the same place and he had to fight that off and have an operation to get it all removed."
Tracey said she was aware of how common head shaves as charity fundraisers have become, which was why she wanted to come up with a personal design which would also catch the eye.
"People like Jessie J are in the public eye doing it, so I wanted to do something different. It’s a love heart with the Breast Cancer Care Scotland ribbon in pink. People who have lost someone to cancer will relate to the halo as well, for the fact that they are going to be angels now."
She said staff at K & M Barbers have been preparing for the intricate shave, with one of the girls even practicing on her dad to ensure she does it properly.
"I’ve already raised over £500 and I would really like to get to £1,000, because it’s a great cause.
Tracey, a qualified personal wellness coach, is well known across Moray for conducting classes such as spinning, boxercise, metafit, body conditioning, kettlebells and mixed styled aerobic classes as part of her Peak Physique business.
She teaches in Elgin, Fochabers, Spey Bay and Gordonstoun, and will be sporting her bright cut at classes from next week.