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Sunday 22 October 2017

Students donate money to charity after hair cuts

By David tucker

At the handing over the cheques in Wexford Hospital (from left), back - Sara Doran; Dr Olubukola Ayodele; Jenny Power, Oncology CNS; Ciaran Sheridan, Friends of Wexford General Hospital; and Margaret O'Regan, Nurse Manager. Front - Flora Doran; Dr Paula Calvert, Oncology Unit; Joe Costello, Wexford Hospice Homecare; and Jill Finn.
At the handing over the cheques in Wexford Hospital (from left), back - Sara Doran; Dr Olubukola Ayodele; Jenny Power, Oncology CNS; Ciaran Sheridan, Friends of Wexford General Hospital; and Margaret O'Regan, Nurse Manager. Front - Flora Doran; Dr Paula Calvert, Oncology Unit; Joe Costello, Wexford Hospice Homecare; and Jill Finn.

TWO girls, who shed their locks for good causes, presented almost €3,000 to Wexford General Hospital's Oncology Unit and Wexford Hospice Homecare.

Flora Doran, the 11-year-old daughter of a cancer sufferer was joined by her friend Gill Finn, aged 10, to raise the money, having their hair cut for the Rapunzel Foundation, as part of a fund raising drive.

Flora's father Diarmuid was diagnosed with cancer in December 2014 and she said she wanted to raise as much money as she could for the unit where he is being treated.

Carroreigh NS pupil Flora had her hair cut on a whim to raise money for charity three years ago, saying afterwards that she would never do it again but when her father became ill she said she wanted to do something to raise money for cancer care in Ireland.

St Mary's NS, Enniscorthy pupil Gill from Ballybrennan, Bree, and Flora, from Ballingale, Taghmon, talked about the fundraiser and Gill immediately came on board, telling her friend:

'I will do it too'.

The friends - who met at Wexford Hunt Pony Club - helped collect hundreds of euro after Flora's mother Sara kickstarted the campaign with a donation page. The girls handed over cheques for €1,000 to the Oncology Unit and €1.894 for Wexford Hospice Homecare during last week's presentations at Wexford General Hospital.

The girls donated their hair to the Rapunzel Foundation which works to improve the lives of those living with hair loss (alopecia). Hair is raised through the Rapunzel Foundation's Ponytail campaign, where people commit to growing their hair 14 inches or longer with the view to their hair being sent to help make much needed wigs.

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