Aoife parts ways with her hair for two Wexford causes

By Amy Lewis

Published 29/12/2015 | 00:00

Aoife Bridges, Bernie Kelly,Caroline Bolger and Ali Bridges.
Aoife Bridges, Bernie Kelly,Caroline Bolger and Ali Bridges.

When Aoife Bridges lost her two grandmothers within three weeks of one another, she decided to give something back to those who gave them comfort and care.

The 13-year-old student from Hayestown didn't cut corners when it came to fundraising but instead, took a chop to her hair. By committing to cutting 14 inches off her locks, the Meanscoil Gharman student raised €576 to split between Abbeygale House and Friends of St John's. Aoife also donated her ponytail to the Rapunzel Foundation - an organisation that works to improve the lives of those living with hair loss through fundraising and hair raising.

Aoife's granny Nuala Wilde was looked after in Abbeygale House before she sadly passed away this year. Her other grandmother was well-known nurse Olive Bridges, or Nanny B, who passed away within weeks in St Johns. Aoife decided to organise this fundraiser in their honour.

'She decided she would to do this as a thank you for the kindness, respect and great care given by the staff to both her nannies,' explained Aoife's mother Ali. 'We are very proud of her.'

Aoife said goodbye to her long locks in Anna Furlong's Hairdresser in New Ross. According to her mother, she did not find it difficult to let go of her hair at all. The pair recently paid a visit to Abbeygale House to hand over the cheque.

This isn't the first time that the Bridges have taken the scissors to their hair for a good cause. Two years ago, her sister Niamh also cut her hair for the Rapunzel Foundation and raised money for the Tracie Lawlor trust in the process.

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