AN INVERKEITHING barbers did their bit to shave the stigma away from mental health issues – and raised more than £1,700 at the same time.

Staff at Divit Barbers gave away free hair cuts in return for donations to Andy's Man Club on Friday.

Business partner Kate Mcquillan was delighted with the way the day had gone.

"The first customer came in at 7.20am and the last one left at 10.50pm," she said. "We got the last one to draw the raffle. One company, Chevron Alba, gave us a cheque for £500.

"It was absolutely buzzing the whole day. Lots of people were coming in just for raffle tickets because we had a lot of good prizes like Deep Sea World, local tattoo shops, Knockhill passes and things like that.

"Three members of Andy's Man Club came in and all day people who attend the meetings came down for hair cuts to support us. It was an amazing atmosphere.

"We will definitely do it again. It was absolutely fantastic. We had a young lad piping outside and he brought people in as well. The total amount we raised was £1,723."

As reported in the Press, the Church Street barbers felt they wanted to so something to help raise awareness of mental health after one of its business partners lost her brother to suicide last December while Kate's son has also suffered with mental health illness.

After hearing about the recent spate of suicides in West Fife, including boxer Connor Law, they said they wanted to do something to help.