Knockadoon sisters cut 128 inches of hair and raise €1,661 for Youghal RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Knockadoon sisters Siobhán and Denise O'Donoghue, aged nine and 12, recently cut their hair for two charities, raising €1661.70 for Youghal RNLI.


Siobhán and Denise O'Donoghue and members of their family present the funds to Youghal RNLI

Between them, the girls cut a whopping 128 inches of their hair, donating it to the Rapunzel Foundation, which make wigs for children suffering from alopecia and cancer.

Siobhan said: ‘I did it to help the boys and girls with cancer and the men and women who risk their lives saving others at sea. Denise meanwhile, said her reason to cut her hair was to ‘make a child smile again and hope that the money for the RNLI will help to make a difference in savings someone's life.’

Speaking following receiving the funds Youghal RNLI's Mel Mullane said: ‘What an amazing gesture this was from Siobhán and Denise to think of us in this way. As a charity, Youghal RNLI is reliant on voluntary donations to power our lifesaving work. Thanks to the generosity of people like Siobhán and Denise, our volunteers can continue to do their work in saving lives at sea.’


Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.