Monday 23 October 2017

A cut above!

Janet and Kate Malone, who donated their ponytails to charity.
Janet and Kate Malone, who donated their ponytails to charity.

Anne Campbell

A NORTH Louth mum and daughter proved they are 'a cut above' the rest when both of them donated 12 inches of their ponytails to a charity that makes wigs for those struggling with hair loss.

Janet Malone and her ten-year-old daughter Katie got their ponytails cut at Chaplains Salon at the Clanbrassil Street centre on Monday evening in aid of the Rapunzel Foundation, the charity that collects real hair for those who face cancer treatment, alopecia or other illness. And while it was nerve wracking, the pair were delighted with the results.

Stylists Ruth McEneaney, Gemma Toner and Sinead Loughran cut the locks and ensured the new styles were picture perfect. Janet told The Argus: 'It is something that we wanted to do for a while. Cancer has affected most families in Ireland and I lost my own mother to cancer some years ago. So we set the date a couple of months ago, thanks to the support of friends and family, in particular Julie Byrne, who is fighting cancer, and Nuala McGee.

'Katie, who goes to Kilkerley NS, went first on Monday and she wasn't nervous at all - she was very brave. Then I got it done and we both donated 12 inches of hair each. I grew my hair to see if I could do it first of all and then decided to make the donation.'

We wanted to do it to help the Rapunzel charity which does great work, but is entirely reliant on public donations and it takes between 20 and 25 ponytails to make one wig'.

'At the moment, they are struggling for donations and we would encourage anyone who can help to do so'.

For more information on the Rapunzel Foundation, phone 051 421287 or email:

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