Saturday 15 December 2018

Kelsey is a cut above the rest

Fintan Lambe

Two charities were the winners when an inspirational teenager got her hair cut after two years.

14-year-old Kelsey Smith from Ardamine, Gorey had her lovely locks cut by Bernie Driver at Creative Styles Hair Salon in Riverchapel. She had been growing her hair for two years and also raised money for the mental health charity, Grow.

A student at Creagh College, Kelsey raised €250 for Grow, a charity which is particularly close to her heart. 'My mum has attended Grow and it has really helped her over the past number of years,' she said. 'It is a great charity for people with mental health issues and I wanted to give something back to Grow'.

'I also wanted to donate my hair,' she added.

'I picked the Rapunzel Foundation which is a great charity. It supports people with hair loss or who can't grow their own hair'.

Kelsey's mother, Lisa Van Balen, proudly watched on as the 14-year-old had her hair cut into a stylish bob. 'She is an amazing girl. She has a heart of gold and would do anything for others. She is a fabulous daughter and I couldn't be prouder or her,' she said.

Ellen Ryle, Grow area coordinator, thanked Kelsey. 'It is wonderful to see a young person like Kelsey thinking of others,' she said. Grow holds weekly peer support group meetings in Gorey, Enniscorthy and Wexford town. They are free to attend and open to over-18s. For more, see or call Ellen at 087 2291718.

Gorey Guardian