Hollie’s day as a real-life Rapunzel

Wednesday 03 September 2014

Hollie Evans, a six-year-old girl who beat cancer and is raising funds for charity, has enjoyed a fairy-tale day out at Castell Coch.

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  • Hollie Evans

    Cadw invited Hollie to spend the day as a princess at Castell Coch

  • Hollie and Poppie Evans

    Hollie and Poppie Evans

  • Hollie and Poppie Evans with Roger Morgan from Cadw

Hollie Evans, an inspirational fundraiser from Bridgend who beat cancer as a baby, had a chance to be a real-life princess for a day during a visit to the Castell Coch on August 20.


Hollie and her sister Poppie were greeted by Roger Morgan of Cadw’s events team who gave them a tour of the castle and even told Hollie the story of her favourite princess – Rapunzel.


Six-year-old Hollie beat acute myloid leukaemia as a baby and plans to donate her hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss.


Hollie’s mum Hayley said: “Hollie and Poppie had a great day pretending to be princesses at Castell Coch. Their favourite room was Lady Bute’s bedroom because they thought a real princess lived there!”


Roger Morgan, of Cadw’s events team, said: “We had a great day at Castell Coch with Hollie and her family. When we read Hollie’s amazing story, it mentioned that she loved pretending to be a princess so we thought she’d love to spend the day at Wales’s very own fairytale castle.”


Throughout the summer, Cadw have been encouraging families to use their imaginations to travel back in time at Wales’s historic sites and children are often seen dressed up or playing with toy swords and shields at Cadw attractions.


Hollie and her sister Poppie arrived at Castell Coch head-to-toe in fancy dress costumes and looked like characters from a storybook as they explored the stunning site.