It was no ordinary haircut for nine-year-old Ella Miller on Monday afternoon.
The Abbeyfields First School pupil has donated 12 inches of her tresses to Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs free of charge to youngsters in the UK and Ireland who lose their hair during cancer treatment.
Ella and her family also raised hundreds of pounds to help the family of two-year-old Kian Musgrove.
Following tests, they found out last month that the Newcastle toddler’s neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, had returned and they are currently aiming to bring in around £500,000 to get him vital specialised treatment abroad.
The haircut took place at the school after lessons had finished and it was done by Roz Davison of Salon No.5 in Morpeth. Ella’s mum Cheryl knows Roz as her children also go to Abbeyfields.
Friends, relatives and work colleagues of the family made a donation, as did the EE shop in Morpeth and pupils and teachers at Abbeyfields and Newminster Middle School – Ella’s older sister Tyla is a student there.
Cheryl said: “She decided that having this haircut would be a good way to fund-raise for Kian and it would also help the Little Princess Trust make a wig for another child with cancer.
“There was a good turnout of people and we received about £500 in donations and £130 from selling cakes and other refreshments.
“Ella was excited in the run up, although she was a bit nervous on the day and she is still in shock at how short her hair is now.
“But she is very pleased that she did it and is now thinking of the next thing to take on for charity.
“As well as Roz for doing the haircut, I would like to thank fellow parent Deanna Carter, who baked a lot of the cakes and helped out on the day.”