Wednesday 22 May 2019

Little hero Hailey (6) donates hair to charity

Wicklow girl was inspired by her late granddad Jimmy Duffy

Proud dad Kieran with Hailey and the hair she donated to help sick children
Proud dad Kieran with Hailey and the hair she donated to help sick children

Myles Buchanan

Six-year-old Hailey Doyle showed that big hearts come in small packages as she got ten-and-a-half inches of her hair cut off to donate it to The Little Princess Trust.

The trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people up to the age of 24, who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other conditions.

Hailey was inspired to act after losing her grandfather, Jimmy Duffy, to cancer in February.

Hailey is the daughter of Emma Jane Duffy and Kieran Doyle, both of whom are extremely proud of their little girl's efforts.

'Hailey was going to get her hair cut and my cousin is a hairdresser so we were telling her instead of just sweeping up her beautiful hair after it is cut and throwing it in a bin, she could consider donating it to kids who need wigs,' Emma Jane explained. 'She understands that people can lose their hair and she lost her granddad a few months ago, so things just really snowballed from there.'

Hailey also organised a 'Come for Cake' fundraising morning at her home in Glebemount, Wicklow town, prior to getting her luscious locks chopped off, which was attended by friends and family. Kerry O'Neill cut Hailey's hair, which has already been donated to The Little Princess Trust, and she raised around €500 through her 'Come for Cake' morning.

'It has been a very busy few weeks for Hailey but we are all so proud of her and all her efforts. She put in a lot of work,' said Emma Jane.

Wicklow People