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Little Savannah (9) chops off blonde locks to help other children struggling with hair loss

Published 11/04/2016 | 13:21

Savannah McCrum may have been growing her hair for more than four years, but thought nothing of chopping it all off last week to help other little girls in need.

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The nine-year-old from Blanchardstown donated more than 14 inches of her lush blonde locks on Monday to Rapunzel, an Irish charity that supports children coping with hair loss and alopecia by supporting Freedom Wigs.

Savannah’s mum Kim McCrum said: “She’s been growing her hair since she was five and last Monday we went to the hair dressers and cut off her 14 inch ponytail. She was really nervous and she was a bit emotional afterwards, but now she’s delighted with her bob.”

“Everybody was so proud of her, and people who knew her were stopping her in the street. It’s been brilliant,” said Kim.

The third class student’s charitable streak doesn’t end there either, as she has been a big supporter of Irish charity Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, which supports children battling with cancer and their families.

Savannah decided to begin raising funds for the charity after meeting its founder Jimmy Norman, who lost his daughter to cancer when she was just eight.

Savannah (9) pictured with the founder of Aoibheann's Pink Tie Jimmy Norman
Savannah (9) pictured with the founder of Aoibheann's Pink Tie Jimmy Norman

“Savannah would be quite friendly with Jimmy’s daughters whenever we meet them, and she decided to being raising funds to support Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.

“She asked for support from her family, friends and teachers and donated all the money to Jimmy’s charity.

“I’m well proud of her. I don’t think she even knows the extent of everything she’s done to help others,” said Kim.

Savannah (9) donated 14 inches of hair to Rapunzel, an Irish charity supporting Irish children and women coping with hair loss
Savannah (9) donated 14 inches of hair to Rapunzel, an Irish charity supporting Irish children and women coping with hair loss

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