A Gaoth Dobhair teenager has put her recent haircut to a good use.
Emma McGee of Luinneach recently had her long hair cut short, and donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.
When Emma, who turns 15 next month, decided to get her hair cut, “rather than wasting it I wanted to make use of it”, she said. A friend had told her of the Trust and their work.
Hair to be donated must be washed and dried, and styled in a ponytail or braid before it is cut. Emma went to Safari Hair Studio in Dungloe, where a stylist first cut off the long braid then styled Emma’s remaining hair into a cute bob.
Donations must be at least 14 inches long and Emma’s resulting braid was 18 inches long. It takes 10 to 15 donations to make one wig, Emma said.
“So this is only part of a wig but it is still going towards it,” the Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair student said.
Emma wrapped the braid in tissue and a clear plastic bag before sending it off to the trust offices in England. She would encourage others to donate to the charity.
“It’s not complicated,” she said. “You don’t have to plan to do it, just do it.”
There is more on the Little Princess Trust at the web site, http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk.