Seven-year-old Ellie and five-year-old Poppy from Carrigaline have chopped over 15 inches of their hair in a bid to raise money for children’s charities.
After hearing about the charity from a friend, Ellie Nunan decided to cut her 17-inch long hair for the Rapunzel Foundation, which uses real hair to create wigs for adults and children suffering from hair loss.
Following two family members being diagnosed with cancer, Ellie decided to raise money for a charity that helps children battling cancer -in addition to cutting her locks.
“The reason she’s doing it is because my aunt and uncle were both diagnosed with cancer during lockdown and within a couple of weeks of each other, so we kind of got talking and then she decided to do it for a charity as well,” said Ellie and Poppy's mother, Nicola Nunan.
Inspired by her granduncles who raised over €30,000 for the Mercy Hospital over the summer, Ellie has taken on the challenge to raise money for the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice through an online campaign.
“She picked LauraLynn because she wanted to do it for children. She wasn’t really sure in what way and we were looking at children’s charities and we decided on a children’s hospice together then,” said Nicola Nunan.
Keeping up the family tradition, Ellie’s five-year-old sister, Poppy decided to make her first hair cut one to remember and also got a chop in solidarity with her older sister.
So far, Ellie’s GoFundMe campaign has raised over €1,000 and she has enjoyed practising her reading skills by keeping up with the supportive comments from contributors.
Ellie and Poppy's parents are both proud of their daughters’ dedication to the cause and Ellie's desire to help other children.
“We are so proud of her and she is absolutely thrilled,” added Nicola Nunan.
To donate to Ellie's campaign, visit her GoFundMe Page.