Lovely Ella (10) gets the chop for charity

Ella McLaughlin. (0706PG01)

Ella McLaughlin. (0706PG01)

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A kind-hearted Derry schoolgirl is set to have her long hair cut off in aid of two charities which mean a lot to her and her family.

Ella Lynch, who is just 10, will donate her shorn locks to the Little Princess Trust which uses hair to make wigs for children who have lost their hair due to treatment for cancer.

In addition Ella, who is a primary 6 pupil at St. Therese’s Primary School in Lenamore, also hopes to raise sponsorship money for Little Orchids Centre - an organisation which offers support and therapeutic intervention for children who have been identified as having special needs.

Ella’s mum Patricia told the ‘Journal’ she was “very proud” of her daughter’s caring nature - and revealed both charities had a special meaning in the Lynch household.

“I used to mind a wee boy called Eoghan - even now him and his mum are like part of our family. But last year Eoghan was diagnosed with cancer and Ella saw him go through his treatment and saw how hard it was on him.

“She had been talking about getting her hair cut for a while and decided she should do some good with it.

“Her hair is so long, and so thick that it will really benefit some child who needs it.”

In addition the other charity Ella is fundraising for is Little Orchids where her four year brother Liam has been receiving support. “Liam is autistic and Little Orchids have been brilliant with him. I can’t speak highly enough of them - it really is one of the best facilities in the city.”

Patricia said Ella is very much looking forward to her new hairstyle - and she wanted to thank Joanne Cooke from Eglinton who is donating her time to chop Ella’s hair.

If you wish to support Ella by donating to the Little Orchids centre, you can phone 71864338.