A HAIR stylist proved she was a cut above the rest when she went that extra mile in support of her aunt’s battle with breast cancer.
Gemma Smith, who works at Clarity’s Hair Studio in Stanhope Road, South Shields, took part in an 18-mile sponsored trek from South Hylton to Littlehaven, South Shields, earlier this year.
She was accompanied by work colleagues and several of the studio’s clients – raising £1,500 for Cancer Research from their efforts.
It was a gesture of thanks for the support her aunt, Lillian Harkus, 56, of Simonside Park, South Shields, had received in her recovery from breast cancer.
Happily, Mrs Harkus, who received radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, is now in remission.
Gemma helped increase her fundraising efforts to £2,671 after she organised a charity night at the Hedworth Hall in South Shields, featuring drag act Roxy Tart and several raffle prizes, including a £300 House of Frazer cosmetic box.
She said: “We were exhausted at the end of the walk. We had done no training at all, but my work colleagues and the clients were fabulous. I’d like to thank them for their time and their support.
“I lost my nana, Mary Cairns, to cancer five years ago, and we do have clients come into the salon who are undergoing treatment, and whose hair is thinning as a result. You learn to be sensitive to their needs.”