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Jane shaves for the animals

By David G Scott

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A LATHERON artist says that an article published in the John O'Groat Journal inspired her to raise money for the local branch of an animal charity.

Jane McDonough is going to Brave the Shave for Balmore – the Scottish SPCA rescue and rehoming centre for Caithness and Sutherland.

"I read about the #DontForgetTheAnimals cause in an article in the Groat a couple of weeks ago," she said.

Jane is a regular exhibitor in art shows throughout the county and runs a studio in Latheron called Landhallow Crafts.

Jane is shaving her hair off for the Balmore animal centre.
Jane is shaving her hair off for the Balmore animal centre.

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, the SSPCA rescue and rehoming centres have been closed to the public and the campaign was launched by the charity to raise much needed funds.

"The SSPCA doesn't receive any government funding so I thought I'd try and raise some money for my local rehoming and rescue centre at Balmore," she said.

Jane said she has always rehomed cats and dogs from rescue centres.

"My dog Max was cared for by the staff at Balmore until he found his forever home with me and I think it’s important to support local charities at this time.

"The animals in the centres are still being cared for by dedicated teams of staff and volunteers. The SSPCA is still responding to calls about animals needing help too."

To raise money for the animal centre, Jane has created a GoFundMe page for her Brave the Shave event in which she is cutting her hair off.

She says she has ordered a set of clippers and hopes they arrive by the weekend so she can achieve her goal of raising £250 for the Balmore centre.

"I know there's a lot of fundraising going on just now and people donating to many great causes, but the #DontForgetTheAnimals cause is something close to my heart."

Jane admits she has never done a charity fundraiser like this before and has grown her hair to around eight inches long on top – longer than it has been in years, she says.

"It looks like I'll just have to grow it again after I've braved the shave."

She hopes to hit her target of £250 by this weekend and if possible surpass it.

To donate to Jane's fundraiser visit www.gofundme.com/f/i039m-going-to-brave-the-shave

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