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Huntly dog groomer is a cut above with children's cancer charity fundraiser

By Pat Scott

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Kaitlin Acutt shares her new look with her dogs.
Kaitlin Acutt shares her new look with her dogs.

A YOUNG Huntly businesswoman who spends her days giving pampered pooches from across Aberdeenshire and Moray a short back and sides has gone a cut above with a charity fundraiser.

Kaitlin Acutt chose her 25th birthday to have her head shaved for charity and so far has raised £2575 and the total is rising every day.

The proprietor of Barks and Bubbles, the dog grooming business on Old Toll Road, decided that she needed to do something for some of the charities whose income streams have dried up because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Determined that any money she raised would be used in Scotland, she searched the Just Giving site for worthy causes and the Glasgow Children's Hospital charity popped up.

Kaitlin said: "I don’t have any connection with the hospital it was the closest one that came up on the fundraising page so I emailed them and they got back to me very quickly and were really nice. They were delighted I was wanting to help raise money for them.

"Fundraising is very hard for charities just now and I wanted to help a charity for my birthday during the pandemic.

"Every child deserves a chance and it’s horrible that their fundraising events have stopped because of Covid because cancer doesn’t stop for anything.

"I also wanted children with cancer to know that it’s ok to not have hair, that’s one of the reasons I shaved my hair on my birthday.

"Shaving my hair was painless for me but there are so many people going through horrible treatment and loosing their hair which is out of their control."

Kaitlin Acutt before her headshave.
Kaitlin Acutt before her headshave.

Before her younger sister, Stephanie, (19) began cutting, Kaitlin's hair hung just beyond her shoulders but because she had dyed her natural blonde to brown it could not be donated to the charity which makes wigs for people who lose their hair because of cancer treatments and other illnesses.

Kaitlin added: " I have been wearing my hat when out walking my dogs Willow and Ellie so thankfully I haven't been feeling the cold. It will take a while to get used to my hair being so short but it was worth it for such a fantastic charity. "

To support Kaitlin go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kaitlin-acutt2 or pop a donation into her at her Barks and Bubbles unit.

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