A KIND-HEARTED schoolgirl is hoping to be a cut above the rest to help out sick youngsters.
Emily Marie Goggins will be having almost a foot of her hair cut off this week so she can donate it to the Little Princess Trust.
The five-year-old, from Wuppertal Court, Jarrow, is also raising money for the charity – which provides real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss because of the treatment they are receiving for cancer.
She has already raised £422 - way ahead of her £250 target.
Her mum Clair Goggins, 29, said: “It’s all come about a bit unexpectedly really.
“Emily had recently been talking about death and cancer. She’d obviously heard something on the television or from people talking, so she’d been asking a lot of questions about it.
“She asked what she could do to help, so we found out more about the Princess Trust and she decided to get her hair cut.
“Her hair is really long, and she’s going to get 10 inches cut off. It will be quite a change for her.”
Emily, a pupil at Jarrow Cross Primary School, will be getting her new look on Thursday with help from staff at Hair By Given and Hall, in Stanhope Road, South Shields.
As a treat, mum is hoping a ‘real- life’ princess will also be on hand to offer support.
Mrs Goggins, who is also mum to Harry, two, said: “We’ve got a character princess going along during the haircut. I’m hoping for Elsa from Frozen, because Emily loves her.
“I’m so proud of what Emily is doing at such a young age, and I hope people continue to donate to such an amazing charity.”
The Little Princess Trust sends all hair donations to China, where they are made into wigs.
Up to five different types of hair can be made into a single wig.
The charity also boys wigs, for both boys and girls, to make sure they have the most suitable. This normally costs in the region of £350.
To donate your hair, it must be, clean, dry, a natural colour – even if dyed – and at least 7in long.
Less than 10 per cent of it must be grey, and old ponytails cut a long time ago can also be used, providing they’re in good condition.
For more information, visit its website HERE.
To sponsor Emily, visit her Justgiving page HERE.