A 10-year-old girl from Purton has raised more than £1,000 for a charity that makes wigs for young cancer patients.

Abi Sherratt had 30cm of her hair cut off and donated to the Little Princess Trust on Saturday, along with £1,413 from sponsorship forms and her justgiving page.

Hairdresser Lucy Hannan at the Perfection hair salon gave the youngster a free two-hour session to cut, wash and re-style her hair.

Abi's mum Bev Sherratt, dad Donald Sherratt, step-mum Vic Sherratt, sister Izzy Sherratt and step-dad Dan Francis looked on as her long golden locks were cut for a good cause.

Bev said: "I'd been asking her to get her hair cut for a while and my fiancee suggested the Little Princess Trust to her and she thought it was such a nice idea.

"She was a bit nervous for a few hours before the haircut but Lucy was brilliant with her and she felt like a princess herself, which is lovely as she's done such a lovely thing.

"Everyone has been so generous, I expected maybe a couple hundred pounds but it's gone crazy and we've raised so much more, we're blown away.

"Even at such an expensive time of year, people have really made the effort to sponsor what they can, we're hugely grateful for all the support Abi's had from all our friends, family, colleagues and even people we don't really know."

Abi said: "I was quite surprised at how much we raised, it's amazing, I thought 'Wow', I didn't expect it at all.

"At first we wanted to raise £100, then the total kept going higher and higher.

"I was nervous that the haircut wouldn't turn out well and then I was excited when I saw all the different hairstyles I could have.

"My family were watching me and saying they were really proud, it was crazy."

Bev added: "We're massively proud of Abi.

"She makes us proud everyday as she's such a thoughtful soul but this has shown just how thoughtful she is, especially at only 10 years and at a time when image is such a big thing for girls.

"Abi is always thinking up ways of how she can raise money for charities and even played a part in raising money for Swindon SANDS by making and selling loom band jewellery at school with a small group of girls."

The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24 who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/abi-sherratt