Tot’s Cancer Inspires Carrigtwohill’s 7 Year Old Charlotte to Donate Hair

By Seamus Whelehan

Locks of hope as Charlotte Kenneally donates her hair to cancer patients

When 7 year old Charlotte Kenneally decided she wanted to do something charitable, it was staring her in the mirror.   The Carrigtwohill youngster, who is proud of having long hair like Rapunzel, has donated her silky tresses to children’s cancer charity, the Princess Trust.

After growing her hair for the past 3 years, the primary school pupil donated 12 inches of her locks, following a brief encounter with a young girl going through cancer and losing their hair during treatment.  Speaking exclusively to the East Cork Journal Charlotte’s mother, Priscilla said “when Charlotte was in hospital last year with meningitis, a little girl kept rubbing Charlotte’s hair saying I’d love hair like yours.”

The 7 year old spent the year thinking about it, and last Friday 22 March, as the Irish Cancer Society’s thirty second Daffodil Day came to an end, she donated her healthy glossy mane to the Children’s charity.

The not for profit organisation supports young people up to the age of 24, who cannot

Before Charlotte Kenneally had her hair cut.

afford to buy expensive wigs, by providing them free of charge. They have never turned a child down, and supply natural hair wigs across Ireland and the UK.

Charlotte, who has yet to tell her school mates about her new look, is hoping to inspire others to donate their hair to benefit cancer patients, by cutting off their own.  Hairdresser Mary O’Sullivan owner of Mary’s Hair Studio 17 Main Street Carrigtwohill, where Charlotte had her hair cut, said losing hair can be traumatic.  It’s “fantastic” to think that a simple act of kindness such as Charlotte’s, can bring hope for young cancer patients.  The 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.