A story on a schoolgirl who got her long hair cut to help children with cancer has inspired two more Portadown girls to do the same.
Abigail Gracey (8), a pupil at Seagoe PS, and Cara Lennon, (13), who attends Drumcree College, are donating their hair to The Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children with cancer.
They are following the example of nine-year-old Grace Megaw who grew her hair for two years with the sole intention of having it snipped for the charity.
Grace’s story was carried in the Portadown Times and, at the time, her mum Lorraine said, “Grace was a bit overwhelmed with all the attention.
“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.”
And that is what has happened, with Abigail, whose hair was so long that she was able to sit on it, going along last Friday to Capea Hairdressers, on the Portadown Road, Lurgan, for that all-important appointment.
The family, which attends Thomas Street Methodist Church, is tying the event in with Eddie Drury’s fundraising efforts for the Southern Area Hospice, with Abigail raising sponsorship money for this as well.
Meanwhile, Drumcree College student Cara Lennon is having her lovely, long red hair cut tomorrow (Saturday).
The 13-year-old, who lives at Ashgrove Manor, has had long hair since she was small and is planning to have it cut to just below her ears.
Her mum Deirdre, a classroom assistant at Drumcree College, said Cara had been aware of the The Little Princess Trust for a number of years but both she and her daughter were feeling a little nervous.
She said, “No matter where Cara goes, people always comment on her hair. She has fabulous, thick hair. My friend is a hairdresser and she is going to do it for her at home.
“It’s a big deal for both of us but I am very proud of her.”
Cara, a second year pupil, is also aiming to raise at least £500 for the charity.