Watford's Ellie goes to great lengths for cancer
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Thursday 9th November 2017

Watford Synagogue’s Ellie Garnelas, daughter of the shul’s co-chair, had a whopping 14 inches cut off her beautiful long hair for donation to Israeli charity Zichron Menachem, which supports children with cancer and their families.


After growing her hair all her life, ten-year-old Ellie, who attends Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, felt it was time to cut it but wanted someone to benefit. By giving it to Zichron Menachem, which uses it to make wigs for children with cancer, she has achieved that.


The charity explains, “One of the first questions that kids with cancer ask is, ‘Will I lose my hair?’ We collect hair from donors around the world to make much-needed wigs for children who have lost their hair during treatment. The donors’ generosity helps make these children feel like themselves again. We have made thousands of wigs for children and young adults who are fitted by our wig specialists, custom made for their specific needs.”

As for Ellie, she says, “I was very proud of my long hair – I’d been growing it all my life – but am glad that another child will get use out of it. And now my hair is shorter, I can do it myself, which will make my mum happy!”

As well as donating her impressive plaits, Ellie set up a fundraising page to support Zichron Menachem’s work, which has raised £235 to date. If you’d like to help her reach her target, donations can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elliegarnelas

After - 14 inches cut