Isla, eight, gets the chop for the Little Princess Trust

Isla Peterson has her hair cut off to raise money for the Little Princess Trust.
Isla Peterson has her hair cut off to raise money for the Little Princess Trust.

A kind hearted schoolgirl has proved to be a cut above the rest after losing her locks for charity.

Isla Peterson, eight, decided last year not to cut her hair after being moved by the plight of youngsters who lose theirs through cancer and its treatment.

Isla Peterson has her hair cut off to raise money for the Little Princess Trust.

Isla Peterson has her hair cut off to raise money for the Little Princess Trust.

The Hedworth Lane Primary School pupil grew her hair to the recommended length before undergoing the cut at Mono Hair Design based in Boldon.

Along with the donation of hair to The Little Princess Trust, the youngster, from the Cotswold estate in Boldon, has raised more than £700 for the cause, smashing the £150 target she had originally set.

Her mum Angela Peterson said: “Isla has always had long hair so we were all a bit nervous for her. But she was fine.

“I think there was more cut off than she expected but she is already talking about doing it again.

It costs around £350-£500 for a wig to be made so she is trying to raise enough money for two wigs. We’re all so proud of her.

Angela Peterson

“It costs around £350 to £500 for a wig to be made so she is trying to raise enough money for two wigs. We’re all so proud of her.”

She added: “We have sent some picture to the charity and they have sent a nice message back saying thank you.”

Isla’s hair will be sent to the Little Princess Trust and used to create a wig for a child who has lost their hair.

The charity was launched by the parents of Hannah Tarplee who lost her battle with a Wilms tumour in 2005.

Since then, the charity has helped thousands of boys and girls by providing, free, specialist real hair children’s wigs.

Isla’s fundraising page is still open.

To make a donation click here.