Marking anniversary of friend’s death with fund-raising haircut

Rebecca Scott is having her hair cut in aid of charity.'Picture Jane Coltman
Rebecca Scott is having her hair cut in aid of charity.'Picture Jane Coltman

An Alnwick fashion model will be parting with her beloved long locks in memory of a close friend who lost her battle with blood cancer, aged 21.

Rebecca Scott, of King Street, is preparing for a fund-raising haircut in a mark of respect to best pal Hayley Finnie who died last year.

Rebecca Scott with her beloved friend Hayley Finnie.

Rebecca Scott with her beloved friend Hayley Finnie.

The 22-year-old will be saying goodbye to her treasured long hair on Wednesday – a few days after the anniversary of her friend’s death.

Rebecca is raising cash for the charity Bright Red, which aims to improve the lives and treatment of people with blood cancer across the north of England.

She will donate her chopped locks to The Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

While Rebecca loves her long hair, she is more than happy to embrace a shorter style in memory of Hayley and to support two ‘great’ causes.

She said: “Losing Hayley was tough. I am cutting my hair because it is a statement for myself and my modelling.

“It is extremely long and I thought it would be a big mark of respect to Hayley who lost her hair due to cancer. I hope I make her proud.”

Rebecca, also studying psychotherapy, met Hayley at Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School when they were teenagers. They were very close, especially during the last two years of Hayley’s life.

Rebecca said: “She was incredible, strong, upbeat and positive. She rarely had a bad thing to say about her cancer treatment, even when she told me her cancer was terminal, and we rarely spoke about her illness.”

“She was inspirational and never gave up. I’m proud to call her my friend and am grateful to have known her.”

Rebecca is having her hair cut at Bex Hair & Beauty Boutique, in Alnwick. To sponsor her, visit www.justgiving.com/Rebecca-Scott25/

TRAGIC TALE

Hayley developed Hodgkin lymphoma – a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands around the body – in May 2011.

A TURN FOR THE WORSE

This then developed into myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), which describes a malfunction of the bone marrow in producing the correct quantity and quality of blood cells. The MDS then developed into acute myeloid leukaemia.

BRAVE FIGHT

Hayley was from Seahouses but lived in Duns, lost her battle on January 31, 2014 – just before her 22nd birthday.