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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Off with her hair! Carmel gets the chop

Olivia Ryan

Published 09/08/2014 | 12:00

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Carmel Corbett gets her head shaved by Sinead O'Connor in aid of the Cara Cancer Care Centre. Photo: Ken Finegan

A PLEDGE to her sister saw Dundalk woman Carmel Corbett shave her head for the Cara Cancer Support Centre.

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Carmel, from Manydown, had her locks shaved off in front of more than 100 people on Monday night to raise funds for the newly opened Cara Centre.

Raising €1,380 for the charity as a result of her hair-raising move, Carmel said her sister was first and foremost on her mind.

'Mary was taken into hospital in Manchester, where she lives, before Christmas last year. After she was discharged, doctors contacted her saying they weren't happy with some of the results of her tests,' explained Carmel.

It emerged her sister had a tumour in her right lung which required immediate surgery.

'They had to remove her whole right lung, so now she is left with just one lung.'

Facing the overwhelming feeling of powerlessness that hits so many people when a loved ones is diagnosed with cancer, Carmel decided there was one thing she could do to show her support.

'When Mary was in recovery, I told her I would get my head shaved if she had to go through chemotherapy.

'So, when she was told she did have to go through it, I began to look around for a charity that I could fundraise for. I read about the Cara Centre which was just opened, and I knew I wanted to help them.'

The centre welcomed her into their new home at Williamson's place, and even arranged for Carmel to have the head shave done this week.

'I have never done anything like this before, so it was a bit of a shock.'

'The Cara Centre is a fantastic place, and I am really glad I was able to raise some funds in support. I am hoping to take my sister over to spend some time there soon.'

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