Áine May Allan, Niamh Cogan, Orla Noonan and Siobhán O’Brien.

Charity chop!

By Geraldine Fitzgerald

Four Carrigaline girls are donating their locks of hair to the Little Princess Trust, which makes real hair wigs for children and teenagers who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment.

The girls, cousins Áine May Allan, Orla Noonan, Niamh Cogan and their aunt Siobhán O’Brien, have an appointment with Chocolate Hair and Beauty Group this Friday June 11th to chop off almost four feet of their hair.

The family was inspired to donate their hair when their little cousin, Callum Mc Carthy, was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of four. Three years on, Callum is thankfully nearing the end of his treatment and he and his family are incredibly grateful for charities that have helped them through their cancer journey.

In addition to parting with their lovely locks to make wigs for children, the family are hoping to raise funds for Aoife’s Clown Doctors, a registered charity who spread fun and happiness through the corridors and wards of Ireland’s children’s’ hospitals. See aofiesclowndoctors.ie.

Callum benefited from the joy of Aoife’s Clown Doctors during his treatment in Crumlin Children’s Hospital, and his parents say his little face would light up every time the Clown Doctors came to visit. They explain that any donation, large or small, would be an encouragement to a group whose mission is to bring joy to sick children.

To support this wonderful charity people can search for ‘Cogan Cousins’ Charity Chop’ on GoFundMe or pop a cash donation in the buckets at Barry Collins SuperValu Carrigaline or Chocolate Hair and Beauty Group Salon this week.