Falkirk salon gives Julie VIP treatment

Julie with hairdresser Rod Smith and his wife Gill
Julie with hairdresser Rod Smith and his wife Gill

Brave cancer sufferer Julie Wright was given a pampering treat after her story
inspired the owners of a Falkirk hair salon.

Rod Smith and his wife Gill 
recently opened the 
business in Bank Street. In a bid to share their good 
fortune, they teamed up with The Falkirk Herald to offer one lucky reader the chance to enjoy a makeover and 
special day out.

However, they were stunned by the number of 
entrants and the deserving cases who were nominated.

Gill said: “We were overwhelmed by all the entries but believed Julie was a really deserving winner.”

The mum-of-one from Grangemouth was first 
diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2003 and 
after treatment was in 
remission. Sadly, however, a couple of years ago she became unwell again and, after tests, 
doctors told her that she had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, the most common cancer of the lymphatic system.

But Julie (33), who is mum to Sacred Heart Primary pupil Karys (8), doesn’t let things get her down and, despite her own condition, fundraises for 
others, including the Friends of the Beatson.

She was nominated by mum Elizabeth Wright of Camelon and when the Smiths read her story they believed she 
deserved the makeover.

As well as getting her hair styled, she was able to enjoy lunch with her daughter at The Wheelhouse restaurant.

Julie said: “I couldn’t
believe it when I heard that I’d won and don’t even know what my mum wrote. I had a lovely time.”

Gill added: “We’d like to thank the Boots No7 team from the High Street store, Zoe at Acacia Beauty at Fusion Hair and the Wheelhouse team for making a truly deserving winner feel really special.”