Char­ity boost from hair­cut

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Damodaran

A kind-hearted Blair­gowrie girl has do­nated her hair to the Lit­tle Princess Trust af­ter be­ing moved by the plight of chil­dren who have lost their hair due to ill­ness.

Caitlin McCarthy (11), a pupil at Ne­whill Pri­mary School in the town, had grown her hair for around two years so that it was long enough to be cut off and do­nated to the char­ity.

And she also raised an in­cred­i­ble £800 for The Lit­tle Princess Trust - which makes chil­dren’s wigs for those who have lost their hair through treat­ment for can­cer or other ill­nesses beat­ing her ini­tial tar­get of £500.

Caitlin said that af­ter hav­ing come up with the idea and grow­ing her hair for so long, she was quite ner­vous about getting it cut even though it was for a good cause.

But for­tu­nately she had her par­ents, Leanne and Mike, her lit­tle sis­ter Eilidh and both her grannys with her for sup­port.

Caitlin said: “I felt quite sad when it was cut off but I know it’s going to help some­one who is be­ing treated for can­cer of hair loss. I like my new hair cut and I’m proud of hav­ing raised so much money, I hope it helps some­one.”

Caitlin’s granny, Pat McCarthy, added: “We are all very proud of Caitlin for think­ing about oth­ers in this way, hav­ing the pa­tience to grow her hair and then ac­tu­ally be­ing able to go through with getting it cut.

“My hus­band Den­nis had ra­dio­ther­apy for a brain tu­mour be­fore he died. He was dev­as­tated by the loss of his hair so I know how bad it must be for chil­dren, which is why I am so proud of her for do­ing this.

“She has had do­na­tions from friends and fam­ily as far afield as the US as well as closer to home.

“Ev­ery­one’s been very gen­er­ous and we are very grate­ful to ev­ery­one who sup­ported Caitlin.”

Caitlin had her hair cut by Val Smith at Gib­son Hair and Beauty.

New look Caitlin af­ter her hair cut with the hair that she has do­nated to the Lit­tle Princess Trust

Big mo­ment Hair­dresser Val Smith cuts Caitlin’s hair

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