A BRAVE Omagh schoolgirl who lost her uncle and grandfather to cancer in the space of nine months, has been inspired to get her long hair cut up short to help children affected by the illness.
Sara-Jayne Allen, who has just started her first year in Drumragh Integrated College, got approximately seven inches of hair on Tuesday for the Little Princess Trust.
The charity provides tailored wigs, made from real hair, to children across Britain and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
The 11-year-old’s mother, Amanda Allen said that she ‘couldn’t be any prouder’ of Sara-Jayne – particularly as her daughter has been battling with cerebral palsy since she was very young.
“Sara-Jayne is a fighter, who always thinks of others before herself,” Amanda said. “Sara-Jayne’s uncle and grandfather were both great supporters of her, and their deaths have had a massive effect on our family.
“Just days before he died, Sara-Jayne’s grandfather told her that there was nothing she couldn’t do if she put her mind to it.
“These words resonated with her and inspired her, and so she decided that she was going to get her hair cut again for The Little Princess Trust.
“She said to me, ‘Mummy, I’m not nervous about getting my hair cut, because I know how much it will help the children it is going to’,” Amanda explained.
Sara-Jayne Allen has also recently been nominated as one of 38 finalists for SuperValu’s ‘Unsung Hero’ award, and again this year, she will be competing in the ‘Ultimate Beauty Northern Ireland’ competition, where her chosen charity is ‘Make a Wish Foundation, Northern Ireland’.
The teachers and students of Drumragh Integrated College are also very kindly helping Sara-Jayne with her fundraising.