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Monday 23 October 2017

Meet the brave little girl who shaved off her hair for charity

AN inspirational Dublin schoolgirl, who sacrificed her beautiful hair to raise over €5,000 for charity, has landed two leading roles in big-budget feature films.

The talented six-year-old will start filming Superhero this month alongside Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, only weeks after production for her other upcoming movie, The Last Furlong, completed.

Holly Gregg from Clondalkin will portray a young cancer patient in both films, and agreed to lose her hair for the roles on the condition that it could benefit a good cause.

And young Holly's life has been tragically touched by cancer -- she lost her grandad and two aunties to the disease.

Meanwhile, another auntie, an uncle and her cousin battled cancer and survived.

"Holly is such a great kid, what she has done is unbelievable for her age, I don't think she realises yet but everyone is so proud of her," her mum Caroline said.

"It's ironic that Holly is playing a cancer patient in both films, at least something good is coming out of all this tragedy now.

"We raised over €5,000 for St John's Ward at Our Lady's Children Hospital in Crumlin, and Holly also donated her hair to an American charity called Locks Of Love that benefits disadvantaged children who suffer from alopecia among other things." Caroline explained that she never expected Holly to be picked for two feature films, although the little girl stood in front of the television thinking she was part of it, and copying everyone, as soon as she could stand on her feet.

"When she found out that she got a part in The Last Furlong, it took her a day to decide to take it, she just asked me if her hair would grow back, and she got it all shaved in June.

"She didn't bat an eyelid when she went to the hairdresser's.

"She went straight to her friend's house when it was done, and the next day she was back at school where they allowed her to wear her hat if she wanted to.

"Her brothers, Brian (16) Trevor (12), and another dozen of boys from Liffey Gaels football club in Inchicore shaved their heads as well to support her and gather more donations on her behalf ... She's really been an inspiration to everyone."

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