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Ross-shire woman's 65th birthday hairdo will be a cut above the rest as Tesco assistant marks milestone with generous gesture


By Hector MacKenzie

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Mags McIntosh is marking her 65th in a way she'll never forget and for a cause close to her heart.
Mags McIntosh is marking her 65th in a way she'll never forget and for a cause close to her heart.

A WOMAN familiar to hundreds of supermarket shoppers in Dingwall is marking a significant birthday today with a big-hearted gesture for a cause close to her heart.

Margaret McIntosh is set to mark her 65th birthday today in unforgettable style – by shaving off her hair.

While haircuts have been precious commodities following the easing of lockdown, what Margaret has in mind wouldn't be at the top of most bucket lists for a landmark birthday.

The customer assistant at Tesco's Dingwall store admits her thick head of hair is her pride and joy.

She's doing it to raise funds for the the National Autistic Society.

She explained: "I was an autism practitioner for 16 years and I totally get it's really hard for families, especially at this very not normal time.

"Routines and social activities for any autistic person are so important for everyday life, old or young. I'd be ever so grateful for any donation of anything you can afford. It is so so appreciated and I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

After Mags, as she is better known to friends and customers, announced plans of the memorable fundraiser on her Facebook page, it wasn't long before she found herself committed.

She said: "My niece, who stays in Balintore, offered to do the shave for me within minutes – and to sponsor me! Tesco has also been so supportive."

The Dingwall householder said: "It will be fine. My hair will grow back eventually and I will have a wig sorted out.

"I get talking to people going through the tills and sometimes it will come up in the conversation. Where I work, I'll see my GP and I'll see policemen that I know coming through the tills and it's lovely just to be able to talk to people and maybe try and brighten their day.

"I believe that if you see someone who is having a not-so-good day, try to cheer them up. If they go away with a smile, you'll know that's your job done."

Mags is planning holding her fundraising effort open for a short while after her short cut, taking place today.

Her fundraiser can be found via https://www.facebook.com/margaret.mcintosh.313 where pledges can be made.


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