When it came to having her hair done, there was only one person Julie Tredrea trusted to attend to her locks - her sister, Nicky Martin.
“Nicky always did my hair,” says Julie. “When she was training to be a hairdresser, I was her guinea pig.”
Nicky was diagnosed with stomach cancer in December 2013 and underwent gruelling surgery in May 2014 to have her stomach removed.
After treatment, and a period of time in Altnagelvin, Nicky was admitted to Foyle Hospice. She spent her last six days in the Hospice and passed away on November 3 last year.
Nicky was only 41 years old.
“Nicky was always bubbly and full of life. She never complained,” said Julie.
“Those last six days in Foyle Hospice were very precious, and the care she received was fantastic.”
During those last few days, Julie told Nicky about her plans to have her hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust while, at the same time, raise funds for Foyle Hospice.
“She thought it was funny. She did lose her hair, and that was very hard for her, but she thought it was funny as she couldn’t imagine me without my hair,” said Julie.
Also getting her hair cut is Lucinda Henry, from Limavady, a close friend of Nicky and Julie.
“Nicky was a good friend. She was so bubbly, always laughing and, no matter what happened, she always had a smile on her face. You would complain about things, but when you saw how brave Nicky was it put it all in perspective. She’s an inspiration,” said Lucinda.
Both women are getting their long hair chopped off next month.
All money raised will go towards Foyle Hospice.
“Foyle Hospice helps everyone and they were very good to Nicky and her family,” said Lucinda.
“I don’t think they would have got through it had it not been for Foyle Hospice and the staff there.”
Julie and Lucinda say they appreciate any donation people can afford.
“Everyone in Limavady have been so generous already. We are also holding a raffle and the businesses have been brilliant, donating prizes,” said Lucinda.
The raffle will be held on the night of the head shave on June 4 at Limavady Rangers Club on Lower Main Street at 7pm.
To donate, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lucinda-Henry and www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Julie-Tredrea
For information about Foyle Hospice, go to foylehospice.com