New Look for Cancer Support at The Cutting Room Midleton

By Seamus Whelehan

Locks of hope as Elaine Hegarty donates her hair to cancer patients.

Known for her long hair Midleton resident, Elaine Hegarty, had her silky red tresses cut on Friday last 1 June, as part of a charity fundraiser.
Having been blessed with great hair quality , mum Elaine donated seven inches of her hair to the Princess Trust, while also raising funds for Cork Arc Cancer Support House.
The hair donated by Elaine will be turned into wigs for children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
The Princess Trust is an initiative which supports young people who cannot afford to buy expensive wigs, by providing them free of charge.
Elaine told the East Cork Journal “everyone knows someone who has, or had, a cancer diagnosis. It was nice to see a charity like little Princess Trust who provide free natural hair wigs. I wanted to raise money for a local cancer charity also.”
A Go Fund Me page was set up last month ahead of last Friday’s event for Cork Arc with a target of €650. By the time Elaine’s hair hit the cutting room floor, that target had been well exceeded.
The Go Fund Me page remains open for anyone who wishes to add to the final tally by following the below link.
Deirdre Cremin, owner of the Cutting Room Hair Salon on Main Street Midleton, said she was delighted to be a part of the fundraiser.
Deirdre, who is in business in the town for the past 14 years, said "losing hair can be traumatic. It’s lovely to think that a simple act of kindness such as Elaine’s, can bring hope for young cancer patients.
“Elaine’s hair will most probably be used in a number of wigs for young kids. Burnt orange or auburn hair can be blended in with other hair colours to make the wig look more natural on children.”
Elaine’s second chosen charity, Cork ARC have four houses located around the county- the Bungalow at Bay View Bantry serves West Cork and South Kerry, and Cork Arc at the NICHE Community Health Centre Knocknaheeney serves Cork City’s North side.
The latest addition to the support network at 2 was opened last year at 29 Friar Street, Youghal, and assists the communities of East Cork and West Waterford.
Run on a voluntary basis the Centres offer everything from a chat and support from counselling psychologists, to a variety of alternative therapies like therapeutic massage and reflexology.
For those with cancer and its survivors the Centres have become a place of hope, peace and tranquillity, and friendship.