A charitable South Shields youngster has cut ten inches off her hair to donate to people battling cancer after being inspired by her favourite One Direction star.
Six-year-old Ava Ratcliffe, from Masefield Drive, has raised over £2,000 for charity Tiny Lives by cutting off her long locks, which she then donated to the Little Princesses Trust.
Proud mum Rachel Hill, 31, a mobile hairdresser in the South Shields area, said her daughter made the decision after seeing One Direction singer Harry Styles cut his hair off for charity.
She said she cut her daughter’s hair herself at their home on Friday, July 29.
Rachel said: “We decided to raise funds for the Tiny Lives charity at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle, because one of my best friends Faye Brown and her husband Paul Brown, had twins who both tragically died in July 2015.
“Faye and Paul and the babies were all cared for by the charity Tiny Lives and Faye said the way they cared for the twins Layla and Isabella Brown and her family was amazing, so we wanted to raise funds to support them.”
Already Ava has raised more than £2,000 for the organisation, which supports premature and sick newborn babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit at the RVI hospital.
The Little Princess Trust uses donated hair to provide wigs and hair pieces for children who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatment.
Mum Rachel said that the day was a success and that Ava was delighted with her new hairdo.
Speaking after the event, Rachel added: “I am unbelievably proud of Ava.
“When Ava came up with the idea to raise some money we were only hoping to raise £100 for the charity, so for her to raise as much money as she has is amazing.
“Tiny Lives raises thousands of pounds for equipment so it is great to contribute to that through this event.
“The day went really well and Ava is really pleased with her hair, as it’s not as tatty now and easier to brush!
“I would like to thank all the local businesses a who have donated prizes and vouchers for the raffle we held which saw all funds go to Tiny Lives.”
To donate to the cause, people can visit: http://bit.ly/29XVHjO