South Tyneside’s very own Rapunzel is loving her new look after having her first haircut.
Little Ruby Williamson had been growing her blonde hair down the full length of her back since she was born.
The eight-year-old, from Lyton Park, South Shields, has now had 12 inches trimmed off during her first ‘proper’ haircut and is donating her tresses to the Little Princess Trust, which sends hair to China so it can be transformed into wigs for youngsters.
The Year 4 student at Lord Blyton Primary School in Simonside, South Shields, decided to give her hair away after learning that kids who have cancer often lose theirs.
Proud parents Roanna and Darren Williamson took their daughter to the Jazz Hair Salon, in Frederick Street, South Shields, where hairdresser Sheena Carmichael snipped off her locks.
Mrs Williamson said: “We’re so proud of her.
“She loves her hair now that it’s shorter and she was thrilled that she was able to go in the bath and it didn’t get soaking wet.
“Ruby decided that she wanted to do something for the poorly boys and girls after discovering that sometimes they lose their own hair.
“Ruby’s had a few little trims in the past, but she’s always loved the fact that she had the longest hair.
“We’re just really impressed that she’s decided to do all of this off her own back and came up with the idea herself.”
Ruby’s hair will eventually be sent to China so it can be transformed into wigs for youngsters.
She is also fundraising for the charity and has set up an online page to collect sponsors.
Mrs Williamson said: “So far she’s raised £350 on her Just Giving page online, which is brilliant.
“If anyone else wants to sponsor here they are more than welcome to do so.”
To sponsor Ruby’s visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Roanna-williamson.
For more information on the Trust, visit www.littleprincesses.org.uk