Wednesday 18 July 2018

'It's just hair after all'- Teenager (14) to publicly shave head for cancer charity

Aoife Tierney (14) will shave her head at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords this month
Aoife Tierney (14) will shave her head at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords this month

Rachel Farrell

A 14-year old girl is shaving her head in public to raise money for cancer, in memory of her grandmother who she never met.

Aoife Tierney from Dublin has decided to shave her head in the Pavillons Shopping Centre in Swords, Co Dublin to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. 

Her grandmother Kathleen O'Sullivan passed away from thyroid cancer on July 30th 2000, just four years before Aoife was born.

"She never met her nanny, but she decided to do it in memory of her. Her grandparents would be so proud of her," Aoife's mother Bridget O'Sullivan told Independent.ie.

"Aoife is so laid back that it didn't come as a shock to the rest of the family that she decided to do it. The reaction from our family has been so nice."

The family are no strangers to charity work, as Aoife's sister Sinéad (12) donated her long locks to the Rapunzel Foundation last year, who create wigs for children and adults suffering from hair loss as a result of cancer.

Bridget and her sister also climbed Ben Nevis mountain for the Irish Cancer Society after their mother's death in 2000.

"I'm excited to do it. My friends think it's brilliant, it's just hair after all," Aoife told Independent.ie.

The family will be collecting donations on the day of the shave but have already raised over €1,000 through donations online and from friends and family.

Aoife will shave her head on Thursday July 19th at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords. Donations can be made via Aoife's GoFundMe here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aoife-tierney1 

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