Hair today, gone tomorrow: County Limerick girl Sarah makes prized donation

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A 12 YEAR-OLD County Limerick girl had a hair raising experience when she had 21 inches of her hair chopped off.

A 12 YEAR-OLD County Limerick girl had a hair raising experience when she had 21 inches of her hair chopped off.

Sarah English, Pallasgreen didn’t get her hair cut for two years so it could be donated to the Rapunzel Foundation. They will make a wig out of her red locks for people who have lost their hair from chemotherapy.

The Barna National School pupil said she got a big reaction from her classmates when she came back from the hairdressers.

“They were all saying ‘wow, what did you do to your hair!’” smiled Sarah, who has six siblings Sabrina, Triona, Julie, Brid, Michael and Stephen.

Sarah said herself and her mum, Mary, came up with the idea after watching a programme about donating hair on TV.

“Sarah was due to get her cut but we said we’d let it grow for a while. I was talking to my hairdresser and she said it had to be 13 inches in length so we just let it grow. After about two years it had grown to 21 inches.

“Sarah has lovely hair and I hope it will bring someone happiness,” said Mrs English, whose husband is Hugh.

Barna National School principal, Sandra O’Dwyer, said Sarah got a great cheer from her fellow boys and girls.

“We are very proud of Sarah. She showed remarkable empathy and generosity in having her beautiful hair cut and made in to a wig. We had great excitement.

“A few weeks ago Cormac O’Grady, who is in third class, raised money for the Irish Cancer Society. He had a lovely head of curls and shaved it all off,” said Ms O’Dwyer. Hairdresser Catherine Ryan cut Sarah’s hair free of charge and Padraig Culbert, of Arra Images, took the fantastic photographs also for free.

All the money from an Easter egg-hunt will go to a charity of Sarah’s choice.