Sasha keeps her Uncle's memory alive

By Julie Magee

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By Julie Magee

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A big-hearted Portrush teenager has had two feet cut off her crowning glory to raise funds for a cause close to her heart.

The sudden death of her uncle; Ballintoy man George Jamieson at the age of 61 inspired Sasha Tannahill to have her 4ft 5in long blonde locks chopped.

Dominican College student Sasha decided to donate her hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides free real hair wigs to children and young people who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Sasha said: “My uncle George died on Christmas Eve three years ago in tragic circumstances; he was known as a gentle giant. During his lifetime he fundraised for cancer charities and his acts of kindness inspired me to follow his example.

“Our family has had its fair share of cancer issues and mum raised an impressive £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support last September by holding a coffee morning at our home.”

The 15-year-old recalled: “I decided that the money I raised would go to Solas Moyle which supports mental health awareness and also cancer charities. Solas is dedicated to help others overcome troubled times."

*To read more on Sasha's haircut story, see this weeks Chronicle.

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