Nine-year-old Grace Megaw took a deep breath on Saturday as she prepared to have her long hair cut for a children’s cancer charity.
The Edenderry pupil had been growing her hair for two years - with the sole intention of having it snipped and sent off to be made into a wig for a child with cancer.
The generous P5 pupil has also raised £550 for the charity, The Little Princess Trust, which makes the wigs at a cost of £350 each.
Grace was parted from her long hair but given a trendy new style in return after hairdresser Lorraine Adamson wielded the scissors.
The Lisnisky Lodge girl was inspired to taken the plunge in 2012 when she was at her nanny Lynn McMurtry’s house. She explained, “My nanny was reading about a little girl who had cancer and had lost all her hair. The girl got a real hair wig to wear and that made her happy.
“I asked nanny lots of questions about how the girl got a real hair wig and nanny told me that some girls grow their hair and get it cut and send it off to be made into a wig.”
She added, “It feels weird with short hair now – but I quite like my new style, but I am going to grow it again.
“I am going send a letter and ask if I can see the wig that my hair has made – I really hope they send me a photo. That would be cool! Thank you to everybody who has sponsored me.”
Her mum Lorraine Megaw said, “Grace was a bit overwhelmed with all the attention on Saturday. She just wanted to go and get her hair cut with no fuss – but we explained that the article in the Portadown Times would raise awareness and maybe lots of girls would start growing their hair for kids with cancer.
“Everybody has been extremely generous and we sincerely thank all who have donated to what is a very worthwhile and generous cause. More information can be found at www.littleprincesstrust.org.”