A BIG-HEARTED schoolgirl has said goodbye to her long flowing locks to help a charity supplying wigs to youngsters.

Georgia Bonthron did her bit for The Little Princess Trust by getting a haircut with a difference earlier this month.

Sixteen inches of hair were cut off, with the hair to be used to help children and young people with cancer or other illnesses.

Proud mum Cat said: “She has always had long hair and always been at me for the past year to get it chopped off.

“I was the more nervous about it when she kept going on about it.

“She said to me that somebody she knew had donated their hair.

“We had a look into it and I thought if you are going to do it then do it for a reason.

“That is how it all came about and it took a few months to persuade me to go ahead with it.”

Cat told the Courier she was not surprised that her daughter was inspired to help The Little Princess Trust and added: “She is always wanting to do stuff to help people.”

Georgia, 10, who lives in Port Seton, travelled to Paterson SA Hairdressing in Dalkeith for the special haircut.

There, the “fantastic” team even made a donation to the good cause, as well as trimming Georgia’s hair.

Cat said: “She loves it and apparently is never having long hair again!

“It is certainly a lot easier for me.

“I had to deal with her hair and to help her out a lot but it really suits her and is really pretty.

“I’ll go with it as long as she does not want it dyed – that’s not happening!”

Since being established in 2006, The Little Princess Trust has supplied more than 8,000 wigs to children and young people and invested about £5 million into ground-breaking childhood cancer research.

From receiving hair donations through to fitting and styling a bespoke wig, it costs the charity from £550 to provide a real-hair wig free-of-charge to those in need.

A Primary 7 pupil at Preston Tower Primary School in Prestonpans, Georgia beat that target and raised a total of £564.

Her “extremely proud” mum added: “She is just amazing, lovely and always wanting to help.”

To sponsor the youngster, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/georgia-bonthron