A RATHFRILAND girl has donated most of her waist-length hair to a charity that makes wigs for little girls going through cancer treatment.
Aimee Shilliday (10) decided to donate her 8’’ ponytail to The Little Princess Trust after she was inspired by her Drumadonnell PS classmate Sarah-Louise McElroy who donated her locks last year.
P7 pupil Aimee, who may like to be a hairdresser in the future, was looking forward to the big haircut.
“I was just really excited, not really nervous. It’s a good cause. I will post off my ponytail and they will make a wig from it. My teacher, Mrs Wilson, thought it was a great idea.”
Rathfriland hairdresser Viola was tasked with the job with cutting Aimee’s thick brown hair.
And now Aimee is growing her hair again with the hope of making a further donation to the charity.
Aimee’s mum Eloise was touched by her little girl’s decision to donate her crowning glory: “I just kept asking her, ‘was she sure?’ But her mind was made up. I’m just so proud of her, it was a lovely thing to do.”
And Aimee’s nanny, Denise Frazer couldn’t contain her pride either: “I’m really proud of her, Aimee is such a caring wee girl with a lovely nature. This is a very kind and thoughtful gesture.”
The Little Princess Trust charity was set up by the parents of a English girl who died in 2005 after a brave battle with a Wilms tumour. Hannah Tarplee (5) loved her hair and losing it was very traumatic so her parents decided to set up a charity dedicated to providing specialist real hair wigs for other seriously ill children.
Donations of a ponytails measuring at least 7’’ can be made.
For more information see the website www.littleprincesses.org.uk or call 01432 352359.