Ten-year-old Ni­amh gets tresses cut for Ra­pun­zel

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAYDEN

KIND-HEARTED Ni­amh Far­rell cut off her flow­ing tresses last week for the Ra­pun­zel Foun­da­tion.

Ten-year-old Ni­amh from Sea Road in Ark­low also raised a whop­ping €1,300 for Ark­low Can­cer Sup­port.

Her proud mam Jenny said Ni­amh had de­cided to grow her hair to help out the Ra­pun­zel Foun­da­tion af­ter see­ing de­tails of the foun­da­tion on­line.

‘She saw de­tails about the Ra­pun­zel Foun­da­tion on­line and how they use do­nated hair to make wigs for chil­dren,’ said Jenny.

‘Ni­amh then said she wanted to con­tinue grow­ing her hair un­til it was the re­quired length. She also wanted to visit Ark­low Can­cer Sup­port and when we were there, Mary O’Brien showed her pic­tures of a young girl wear­ing a Ra­pun­zel Foun­da­tion wig and that re­ally made her more de­ter­mined to grow her hair so she could cut it.

‘Her granny has can­cer and we as a fam­ily have re­ceived great sup­port from Ark­low Can­cer Sup­port so Ni­amh said she also wanted to raise money for them as well.

‘She ba­si­cally asked ev­ery­one to do­nate money and people were very gen­er­ous. She was grow­ing her hair for about a year and last week she got it cut for Ra­pun­zel.

‘She’s ab­so­lutely de­lighted with it’, said Jenny.

Ni­amh, who is a stu­dent in St Joseph’s NS, Tem­plerainy, is the old­est child of Jenny and Mick Far­rell and has a younger brother Ai­dan (9).

‘We are very proud of her’, said Jenny.

‘It is such a self­less thing to do. I was wor­ried that she would change her mind when it came to get­ting it cut but the night be­fore she was talk­ing about the hair cut and she said to us “My hair will grow back” and I knew then that there would be no chang­ing her mind.

‘She is very proud of her­self as well. We’ve promised her some treats as a re­ward for do­ing such a gen­er­ous thing for chil­dren in need.

‘Benita Ka­vanagh in Benita’s Hair­dressers was fan­tas­tic as well. She did a lovely cut on her hair and she was bril­liant at re­as­sur­ing her as well.’

Ni­amh who is in fifth class got an ex­tra spe­cial sur­prise in school af­ter her hair cut when prin­ci­pal, Ms Dal­ton, an­nounced de­tails of her good de­tail to the whole school.

Jenny said that Ni­amh will be pre­sent­ing the cheque to Ark­low Can­cer Sup­port in the com­ing weeks when all the do­na­tions are tal­lied.

Ni­amh Far­rell (10) from Ark­low with hair­dresser Benita Ka­vanagh and the hair she had chopped off to help the Ra­pun­zel Foun­da­tion. LEFT: Ni­amh be­fore get­ting the chop.

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