Bride set for a close shave

Susan Abblett is preparing for a wedding reception to remember
Susan Abblett is preparing for a wedding reception to remember

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue! Bride Susan Abblett will also be adding ‘something shorn’ to the list

For Susan, from Loanhead, will stun her guests by having her shoulder length hair shaved off at her wedding reception on August 15.

Susan (44) decided to take the drastic action to show solidarity with a close friend.

Childhood friend Patricia Currie (45), also from Loanhead, has been receiving treatment for cancer for the past year.

She explained: “At about 10pm on the night I will be having my head shaved to a number four.

“I am basically supporting my friend who has found out she is cancer free.”

Susan will be marrying Russell Caw (45) in Cyprus at the beginning of August. The couple got engaged on the Mediterranean island four years ago.

Ahead of the head shave Susan has set up a Just Giving page for donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Susan, who has just started working as an early years practitioner at Forest Friends Nursery in Roslin, has already exceeded her £500 target with pledges amounting to £720. Donations can be made at

Mum to Danielle (19), Gary (18) and Rhys (3), Susan said her charitable actions had the backing of her groom.

“He is bald but he is delighted. His father died of prostate cancer six years ago. My dad has prostate cancer.

“Everyone is touched by the disease. Everybody knows somebody who has got cancer or passed away with cancer,” said Susan.

The bride-to-be, who lives in George Drive, is no stranger to supporting cancer charities.

Back in 2007 Susan and friend Jenny Greens from Bilston are travelling travelled to Fife to complete a parachute jump for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The duo decided to do the jump for a charity close to Jenny’s heart.

Both women raised around £500 each so far for the charity mainly thanks to the generosity of family and friends.