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Thursday 31 July 2014

Good deed on the double as twins cut their hair

Caroline Crawford

Published 28/06/2014|02:30

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A PAIR of identical nine-year-old twins who have never cut their hair are to chop off their long locks to make wigs for children battling cancer.

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Amy and Sarah McMahon from Castlegar in Galway decided to donate their hair to charity after following the case of two young local girls fighting a rare cancer.

The girls approached their mother Mary, informing her they planned to cut off their hair to raise funds for charity and help make a wig for children in need.

"It was completely their idea. They had been following the stories of Lily-Mae Morrison and Grace Kenneally. Amy just said she'd love to cut her hair off and donate it to charity and Sarah said she'd do it too.

"They really wanted to help the two girls. I think at first they thought the wigs would go directly to them but now they're happy that some child will get the wig and the money will also go to charity," added Mary.

The girls will each have 12-14 inches chopped off their long hair tomorrow at the Galway Sportgrounds at the Hand in Hand fundraising day. The hair will then be donated to Rapunzel, which will make the wigs. It takes eight to 10 ponytails to make one wig.

The girls got to meet Lily-Mae last week and tell her of their plans.

"There has never been a moment since they decided they were doing it that they have said they don't want to do it. It'll grow again and this will be so memorable for them and instill for them that it's good to give to people in the future," added Mary.

Irish Independent

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