Carrick teen to 'brave the shave' in memory of grandfather

Abbie Thompson.
Abbie Thompson.

A Carrickfergus teenager is to 'brave the shave' and raise funds for charity in memory of her late grandfather.

Abbie Thompson (15) is aiming to have her hair shaved off on September 16 in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action.

Abbie's grandfather, Dennis Haighton.

Abbie's grandfather, Dennis Haighton.

Her grandfather, Dennis Haighton, passed away from the devastating condition 10 years ago.

In a post on her JustGiving page, the local schoolgirl wrote: "When I was 5, my Granda Dennis unfortunately passed away due to pancreatic cancer in the tail of his pancreas, which is the rare form.

"Pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose, it has such a small survival rate yet with so little funding. 40 years ago, the survival rate for pancreatic cancer over 5 years was 3%. Today, it is still 3%. With help from others, we can all make a difference."

Pancreatic Cancer Action (PCA) are a national charity dedicated to saving lives by improving early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and the quality of patient survival.

PCA fund vital research, create medical education programmes, produce national awareness campaigns and vital patient information.

To make a donation towards Abbie's fundraising efforts, visit her JustGiving page here.