A kind-hearted youngster chopped off her long locks to help little girls with cancer and a South Tyneside charity that cares for people at the end of their lives.
Kimberley Morton, six, had 19 inches of her golden hair cut off so she could donate it to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for young girls who lose their hair through cancer.
The West Boldon Primary School pupil, of Boldon Colliery, was inspired to do it after seeing a television programme about little girls who cut off their hair to give to children with cancer in America.
She took her charity efforts one step further by being sponsored to raise cash for St Clare’s Hospice, in Jarrow.
Mum Laura Morton, 36, said: “Once she gets an idea into her head she has to go through with it.
“I am incredibly proud of Kim. She adores her hair and gets complimented on it wherever we go – she has given up something that is very precious to her because she is sad that there are people out there who haven’t got their own.”
Her efforts have raised £1,000, with people from as far away as Australia and America making donations.
Laura, who supported her daughter by also cutting her hair, said: “We decided to raise funds for St Clare’s Hospice as it’s a local charity, we have connections with the hospice through friends and we feel that we will see where the money is going and how it is spent.
“Hospices always do amazing and sometimes thankless work.
“Kim was very excited to get her hair cut and originally wanted to have it shaved. I drew the line and said she can get it cut short, which meant getting my own cut just as short as we’re doing this together.”
Hairdresser May Donaldson, who works at Tessuto, in Stanhope Road, South Shields, cut Kim’s hair for free to help support her fundraising efforts. Kim said: “I love my new haircut and it doesn’t get in my eyes anymore, when I was getting it cut it felt like it was raining hair.”
St Clare’s community fundraiser, Tyler Anderson, said: “It’s amazing what Kim is doing to help support the Little Princess Trust and also St Clare’s Hospice. She had very long hair and it didn’t bother her getting it all cut off, she really is an inspiration at such a young age.”