Haircut raises e4k

A DUNDALK woman who cut off her waist-length hair to raise money for cancer is set to present a cheque for over e4,000 to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

A DUNDALK woman who cut off her waist-length hair to raise money for cancer is set to present a cheque for over e4,000 to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Grainne Hearty from Bay Estate will present the cheque to Liz Sommersby the Head of the Oncology Unit in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

The presentation is due to take place in the Tres Belle Salon in Felda on Wednesday, January 11 at 10.30am. The mother-of-three chopped off her long locks on her birthday last month.

Grainne came up with the fundraiser idea after visiting the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre to help one of her family members choose a wig.

“This girl was diagnosed with breast cancer in September. She had just been told that she was going to lose her hair so we went to the Centre,” said Grainne.

“We had a look at the wigs and I was surprised by the quality. I thought they were great and told her she had nothing to worry about but she said that was easy for me to say.

“I’ve always had long, thick hair and I realised then that she was right. I couldn’t understand what it meant to lose your hair so that night I made the decision to cut mine off.”

Grainne arranged to have her hair cut off on her birthday by Alison Stevens, proprietor of Tres Belle in Felda and is planning to donate the hair to a wig-maker.

The first of Grainne’s female family members to be diagnosed with cancer sadly passed away over three years ago in April. The devastating blow was shortly followed by breast cancer diagnoses for two other women in the family.

Luckily, both women are now in remission following treatment. However, a fourth woman was diagnosed with breast cancer just four months ago.