Montrose chef goes to ‘hair-razing’ lengths for his brother

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A caring Montrose brother went to ‘hair-razing’ lengths to raise money for a Tayside charity who have helped his family.

Chef at the George Hotel Phil Milne (28), who is known for sporting a full beard, decided to shave his head and facial hair over the summer to raise money for Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TTCL) to thank them for the support they have given his younger brother, Stefan Stevenson, over the years.

Stefan, who celebrated his 17th birthday yesterday (October 21), was diagnosed with retinal blastoma as a baby and had both of his eyes removed before the age of five.

He was diagnosed with bone cancer last year and is currently undergoing treatment.

Phil said he wanted to shave his hair and beard to show solidarity with his brother, who lost his hair during chemotherapy.

Stefan, who lives with his parents Alan (62) and Christine (58) Milne in Carnoustie, has kept his spirts high this summer with series of special events. He was a baton bearer in his hometown for the Queen’s Baton Relay and was crowned Carnoustie Junior Citizen of the year.

Phil said: “TCCL have always been there for Stefan throughout his lifetime and I wanted to do something to say thank you.

“I’ve always been known for having a beard and it felt a bit strange without it.”

Staff at the George Street barbers, where Phil regularly goes for a haircut, carried out the close shave.

Stefan was present at the recent handover of the £815 cheque Phil raised to Gaye Steel, a representative from TCCL and a former paediatric nurse specialist, who has known Stefan since he was a little boy.

The money will go towards TCCL’s (pronounced ‘tickles’) dream to create a centre for children with cancer and leukaemia and their parents.

Gaye said: “I’m very happy to accept the money on behalf of TCCL.”

Stefan was fostered by Alan and Christine when he was two-years-old.

Christine said: “We have been fostering children for 22 years. Stefan is the only one that has stayed with us long-term.”

When asked if the support TCCL have given him throughout his lifetime had helped, Stefan said “yes”.

TCCL has been sporting families in the area since 1994.