A SEVEN-year-old girl has raised more than £1,000 for charity after having her long locks shorn.

Ruby McBride, from Orford, has had a whopping 18 inches of her hair chopped off and donated to the Little Princess Trust.

The charity makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.

And donations given to the trust in recognition of the Oakwood Avenue Community Primary School pupil’s efforts have so far reached nearly £1,200 at the time of writing.

Mum Michelle Ponting said: “She had very long hair – she’s had 18 inches off, although possibly more by the time it was tidied up.

“Her long hair would take about two hours to wash, brush and dry and it was just getting too much for her and for us as parents to maintain.

“When she said she wanted it cut, I suggested the Little Princess Trust.

“We didn’t start fundraising until the week before.

“I was worried that she might back out, but the more people that donated the more she said she might have cut off.

“She’s very happy with her new hair and has spent the past few days curling it, having it crimped, practising putting bobbles in on her own and plaiting it herself.

“Ruby watched a video on the Little Princess Trust website and said she was happy for her hair to go and help someone who needed a wig – she also can’t believe how kind people have been.

“When I told her it was a thousand pounds raised she couldn’t get her head around it.”

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