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The Rapunzel Foundation now has charity status meaning it can boost its fundraising

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Anna Furlong and Claire McGee with her Freedom wig

Anna Furlong and Claire McGee with her Freedom wig

Deborah O’Neill and Verona Murphy TD

Deborah O’Neill and Verona Murphy TD

Claire McGee and Anna Furlong

Claire McGee and Anna Furlong

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Anna Furlong and Claire McGee with her Freedom wig

A chance encounter with a woman a decade ago saw hair salon owner Anna Furlong embark on a campaign to help Alopecia sufferers throughout Ireland.

Last week she had a hair-raising, fairytale moment when she was finally granted her wish when her Rapunzel Foundation charity was awarded charity status.

Anna's journey began over a decade ago. 'I met a woman had her daughter; both of them had Alopecia. She couldn't afford of any type of hairpiece. A lady had given me money in the salon (€100). I said sure I can get €3,000 for this and I did.'