Eloise to cut her long locks for children's cancer charity

Joanne Sweeney

A Co Antrim schoolgirl is sacrificing her long locks to raise money for children's cancer charities.

Nine year-old Eloise Cherry from Lisburn is getting her waist-length hair cut on June 26 to raise money for The Children's Cancer Unit Charity.

She will also donate her shorn hair to the Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs to children who have lost theirs due to cancer treatments.

The P5 pupil, from Brownlee Primary School, has been planning to raise money since she was featured alongside a little girl with cancer on a billboard campaign last year to raise awareness of The Children's Cancer Unit Charity.

“The billboards showed that people's journeys are different, some people go on holiday while others go to hospital for cancer treatment,” said Eloise.

“Ever since then I've wanted to find ways to help. My hair is really long - when it's down, it goes past my waist. I'm going to get it cut into a pixie cut, even though my dad doesn't want it that short.”

Her mother Toni added that she is incredibly proud of her little girl.

“This is something that she really wanted to do herself. To be fair, Eloise has had short hair before so it won't be a complete shock afterwards. I think she will enjoy the lightness of it over the summer.”

Eloise has already raised £500 and hopes people continue to donate through her JustGiving page at and on Twitter at @ BigHaircut4CCUC.

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