Grace has locks of love for Mammy

Michelle McLaren pictured with her daughter Grace, who is due to have her locks cut. Included in photo is Tara Mullan, Grace's friend and Grace's brother Liam. DER2815MC079
Michelle McLaren pictured with her daughter Grace, who is due to have her locks cut. Included in photo is Tara Mullan, Grace's friend and Grace's brother Liam. DER2815MC079
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A Derry schoolgirl whose mum has battled breast cancer twice has decided to cut her hair short to raise money for charity.

Ten years-old Grace McLaren has decided to shed her gorgeous blonde locks to raise money for Jamie’s Journey and Angel Wishes.

Angel Wishes.

Angel Wishes.

“Grace knows about cancer being in the family,” said proud mum Michelle.

“So she came up with this idea of cutting her hair. It’s a really big thing because Grace is mad about her hair and loves doing different styles. She does gymnastics too and likes putting it up.”

And when asked what she’ll think about having short hair Grace simply says: “My mammy has short hair and it is beautiful.”

They money raised will go to Jamie’s Journie - a charity set up to help young people diagnosed with cancer interact with others going through the same experience, who will also donate to Angel Wishes.

Jamie's Journie

Jamie's Journie

Recently Trisha and Jamie Harkin who founded the charity brought Grace along to a VIP day for a teenager battling cancer so she would see exactly where her money was going.

Once her hair is cut Grace will send the hair to Locks of Love which makes special wigs for children.

“It’s only hair,” said Grace. “And it will grow back.”

Grace plans to cut her hair before the end of the Summer and she returns to do her final year in St Brigid’s College but she needs local people to back her.

Her hair will be cut by Lukas Barber from LB Designs.

Mum Michelle has set up a paypal account at michellemclaren43@gmail.com You can also contact her via her facebook page and Jamie’s Journie.