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Heartless thieves took €500 raised by Grace's head shave

THIEVES have stolen money raised by a 13-year-old schoolgirl who shaved off her hair to raise funds for a cancer charity.

Grace Gallagher, from Slane, Co Meath, shaved off her beautiful long auburn hair for the 'Shave or Dye' campaign.

Before going for the chop, the schoolgirl raised an astonishing €500 which she placed in envelope marked 'Shave Or Dye' under her bed. She had been collecting the money since February when she decided to shave her head for charity.

Despite the theft, the teenager went ahead and shaved her head on Saturday – raising a further €2,500 in the process.

"The money was in a big envelope under her bed and had 'Grace's money for Shave or Dye,' written on it in big letters," her mother Angela said.

The family home was burgled at lunchtime just over two weeks ago – ironically Angela, Grace and her two sisters Amy (24) and Donna (21) were at a coffee morning for breast cancer at the time.

"The three bedrooms were ransacked and they even ripped up the carpet because there was a noisy floorboard and they must have thought there was cash hidden in it," she added.

Grace, who is a first year at St Oliver's Community College in Drogheda, persevered and sacrificed her auburn locks last Saturday night.

Grace decided to raise funds after her family was affected by cancer.

On Saturday night Grace first had her hair, which was about 3 feet long, tied in a pony-tail and it was cut off so that it could be donated to 'The Little Princess Trust ' and used to make wigs for children with cancer.

Then her head was shaved until Grace was left bald.

"The atmosphere was amazing and so many people turned up. I was devastated by the burglary but I think we have gotten back so much more," said Grace.

"It is very strange to have no hair. I am still getting used to it," she said.

Her 'Shave or Dye' event took place in Slane on Saturday.

When the news broke the Nobber Vintage Club donated €500 to make up for the theft and the money kept rolling in.

So far Grace has raised €2,500 for Shave or Dye.