Niamh will cut her ‘red’ hair for Little Princess Trust

By Hayden Moore 

AFTER finding a photo of herself aged one wearing a wig that her mam received while undergoing cancer treatment, 14-year-old Niamh Ready wanted to create a more suitable wig for children with red hair. 

Niamh, from Citywest, started to grow her hair in July 2017 to donate and make a wig for children undergoing similar treatment to that of her mother Deirdre, and began raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society during the process.

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Niamh Reddy will donate 20-inches of hair to the Little Princess Trust. Niamh, aged 1, wearing the wig (right)

Ahead of donating 20-inches of her hair to Little Princess Trust, Niamh and her family will be holding a fundraiser in aid of the Irish Cancer Society in St Mary’s GAA Club on Saturday, November 24.

Speaking to The Echo, Niamh’s mam Deirdre brought us up to date about what inspired her daughter to grow her hair and raise money for those battling with cancer.

She said: “I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer three times, and when she started doing this I had only been diagnosed twice.

“When I had it the first two times, they didn’t have any red-haired wigs available for me, there was only brown and blonde wigs because not enough people had donated red hair to make a full wig.

“There wasn’t enough choice for me, so I had to take this wig that just wasn’t very nice and that’s the one you see Niamh wearing in the picture."

Little Princess Trust is a charity that provides real hair wigs for children and young adults that have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses, and Niamh will be getting her hair cut next Saturday for the charity.

The two-hour long fundraising event in St Mary’s GAA Club will feature a grand raffle of over 40 prizes on the night including four tickets for Punchestown Racing Festival 2019, meet and greet tickets for The Coronas, and a bed and breakfast stay at the Abbey Glen Hotel in Galway for two people.

It kicks off at 6pm and is promised to be a great evening of entertainment as Niamh’s dance group Dancity will be performing, and face painting, balloon modelling, live music will all lead up to the main event – when Niamh cuts her hair to her shoulder.

“Our family have always dealt with treatment so we are so, so proud of her. We really are so proud that she is doing this,” concluded Deirdre.

For tickets to the fundraiser or more information on how to donate, contact Deirdre McMullan through the ‘Niamhs Hair Donation Fundraiser’ Facebook event.

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