Nurse Nina set to be shorn for charities

Nina Kunkel
Nina Kunkel

A Lauder nurse will sacrifice her long golden tresses in aid of lung cancer charities which have supported her mother’s battle against the disease.

Dublin native Nina Kunkel, who has lived in Lauder for seven years, is a staff nurse at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Husband Toby also works at the hospital and the couple have two young children, Harry, five, and Heidi, two.

But the wife and mum they know so well will be transformed at a charity party night, entitled ‘Rocking the Bald’, in Lauder Public Hall on February 1.

As well as music, dancing and supper, those attending will also watch as Nina is given a severe haircut.

But she says she is happy to lose her 13-inch locks for such a good cause: “My lovely mammy, Marianne, who lives in Ireland, was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in March.

“I spent all summer in Ireland looking after her and most of last year travelling back and forth for her hospital appointments and treatments.

“I can’t thank the cancer support charities in Ireland enough for the help and support they have given my mam and our family this year.

“But my mam’s fight is not yet over and we continue to rely on their support, so I wanted to express my thanks in the form of a monetary donation.”

As she has made her home in Scotland, Nina has decided the monies raised will be split between charities in the UK and Ireland.

Tickets are £20 and available from Nina or Lauder Pharmacy. The Black Ties, plus special guest, Frank Sinatra tribute Sammy Jay, will be performing free of charge.

And Nina, whose mum will be at the event, has been staggered by the support she has already received.

“My target was £2,000, but I think advance ticket sales will already have blown that figure out of the water,” she said.

Nina, whose hair will be donated to a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer, added: “Who’d have thought my hair, which has been sitting on my head doing nothing all these years, would actually help raise all this money!”

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