IT WAS an emotional day for the mother of 10-year-old Katie Corrigan this week, who cut off ten inches of her hair to be made into a wig for those in need.
But, while emotions may have been running high for mum Fiona, Katie herself took it all in her stride.
The St Mary’s Killesher pupil, from Mackin, had been growing her hair for two years – solely for the purpose of getting it cut off to be made into a wig for cancer sufferers and those with other illnesses.
And, on Friday past at Hair Square in Derrylin, along with fellow pupils at St Mary’s and family members, that day finally came.
“It went very well, there were quite a few pupils there too to see it happen,” explained Fiona.
“Katie was fine, she has been growing it for two years after she saw a girl get it done on ‘This Morning’ two years ago, and she’d be very much into helping others if she can.”
Fiona herself watched on with a mixture of pride and nerves.
“I was apprehensive myself – I thought to myself – does she really know what she’s doing? I told her that morning that she’d didn’t have to do it, but in the end she got off 10 inches.
“It was emotional, seeing your wee girl get her hair cut off.
“But I’m extremely proud and apart from anything it’s how she takes it all in her stride and expects nothing in return.”
Katie’s hair will now go to the Little Princes’ Trust, who provide real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses.
Katie has two older brothers, Paul and Sean, and father Ciaran, who were left proud of her last week, and, as well as donating her hair, has also been raising money for the trust, and you can donate at www.justgiving.com/fiona-corrigan.
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