Anna Rose  cuts equivalent of three pony tails to raise money for cancer charities

Anna-Rose O’Sullivan gave her mother a 50thbirthday present to remember.

Gretta O’Sullivan Healy celebrated her birthday at the Torc Hotel in a very different way last Saturday night.

Gretta is a cancer patient and is receiving  treatment at both the Oncology Unit in the South Infirmary in Cork and Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Her daughter, Anna Rose is currently based in China but she and her Spain-based brother Sean surprised her by arriving home in time for the celebration.


But this was only the beginning. Anna Rose wanted to say thanks to the various organisations that have helped her family during her mother’s illness.

She decided to cut her hair, all 52 inches of it – to raise money for the Oncology Unit in the South Infirmary, Recovery Haven and The Little Princess Trust.

She had the equivalent of three pony tails chopped and alongside the €200 raised in donations her hair will be used to make wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illnesses. In addition to the €200 raised for The Little Princess Trust, Greeta’s birthday fund raised an additional €500 each for both the South Infirmary and Recovery Haven.

“I was a little bit emotional, my hair has been long for as long as I can remember, “ the Killorglin native told the Killarney Advertiser. “It feels great to help worthy causes. We are lucky to have our health and should give where we can. When you want to feel rich, you should count what you have, rather than what you would like to have.”