A big-hearted school girl chose an unusual way to celebrate her birthday - by chopping off her long locks in aid of charity.
Casey Hunston marked her 11th birthday by shearing off about 12 inches of her flowing locks last Thursday in aid of children’s cancer charity the Little Princess Trust.
Staff at Barrons Hair Salon in Swinton gave her a shorter style - but bagged up all of the chopped hair to send off to the charity, which will use it to create a real hair wig for children suffering hair loss through cancer treatment.
Friends and family also rallied to support generous Casey by sponsoring the charity cut and she managed to raise around £700.
Mum Janine Gallagher, 32, of Denaby Main, said: “I am so proud of her, it is an amazing thing she has done.
“One of our neighbours sadly died of cancer and I think this played a part in Casey wanting to do something for charity.
“She started reading about the Trust and how they have helped youngsters the same age as her while going through treatment.
“It is a really brave thing she has done - to donate most of her hair at such a young age.
“She was really excited to have it done and said that she really likes her new look too.”
Janine added that the youngster had also received a lot of support from pupils and staff at Denaby Main Primary School.
“The teachers and her classmates have been donating money, which was really nice of them.
“They also had an assembly where they let all the kids know what Casey has done, which was also a great way to promote the charity’s vital work. I want to say thank you to everyone who supported Casey.”
The Trust is celebrating its 10th year in 2016.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “We’re proud to mark that we’ve been helping children with hair loss for 10 years now. Over that time, we’ve given away over 4,000 free real hair wigs to sick boys and girls across the UK and Ireland. As we cross into a new decade, we are now in the process of identifying suitable research projects to fund which will focus on finding kinder treatments for children with cancer.”