AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD girl from Highworth had 12 inches of her hair cut off yesterday to donate to children with cancer.

Anna Price’s golden locks were plaited, chopped and then sent to the Little Princess Trust, which makes real hair wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.

She also raised more than £700 for the charity with the help of generous well-wishers.

Her mum Jane, her dad Nick, her younger brother Tomos and Esme Newsom, her friend from Southfield Junior School, went to Karoliina Saunders Hair Design to watch her have the dramatic haircut straight after her after-school club ended.

Jane said: “I’m really proud of what she’s done, it’s such a lovely thing to do.

“It’s such a great charity, that helps so many people.

“Anna’s been growing her hair out for this for two years.

“It costs £500 for the trust to make a wig so that was our target but it’s been completely smashed. Everybody found out about what Anna was doing and they were so touched by it.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone for donating.

“Anna might need a bit of emotional support after it’s done but she’s determined to do it.”

Anna said: “I’m very excited, it’s getting cut right up to my ear.

“A few years ago, a friend brought it up and she’d done it herself so I thought that in a few years my hair would be long enough to do it too.”

Her hair was re-styled into a blonde bob.

Esme said: “I’m a bit scared of her not liking her new look.”

Anna added: “It won’t take long to get used to because I used to have my hair in a bob when I started school.

“I’m going to have this done again every few years.”

Esme added: “I think I might do something like this too, but maybe in a few years.

“I’ve just had my hair cut but it wasn’t as big a haircut as her.”

As well as helping young cancer patients, he Little Princess Trust also gives wigs to children with alopecia and other conditions that result in hair loss to help them deal with their illness and stop them getting upset.

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