Cara is a cut above the rest as she donates her hair

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Ten-year-old Cara McKenzie, from Portlethen, won the admiration of peers and teachers when she cut off her long locks for charity last week .

The primary school pupil, who last had her hair cut at the age of three, decided to part with it after hearing about the Little Princess Charity.

Cara McKenzie, (centre), just before she donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust. She is pictured with mum Caroline and sister Megan.

Cara McKenzie, (centre), just before she donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust. She is pictured with mum Caroline and sister Megan.

It was set up to provide real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who, sadly, have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

A special assembly was held last Thursday for Primary 4-7, where Cara’s hair, which reached down to her waist, was snipped to a chin-length bob.

Her hair was immediately packaged up and sent off to the Princess Trust, where it will be made into a wig.

Cara’s mum, Caroline, went along to the school with 15-year-old daughter, Megan, to support her.

She said: “A close friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer last August, and has been undergoing treatment.

‘‘Cara decided she would like to do something, and we came across the Little Princess Trust. All of her family and friends are so proud of her - we never expected her to put herself forward.”

“Cara’s teacher, Mrs Lindsay, has been brilliant, I didn’t know where to start and she has helped organise the whole thing.”

As well as donating her hair, friends, family and classmates have been sponsoring Cara and, although a final total hasn’t been revealed, over £1000 is estimated to have been raised for the charity.

Despite some nerves from mum, Cara remained cool and collected, saying that she wasn’t nervous.

You can see a video of the haircut, where Cara is cheered on by her classmates during the special assembly on our website: www.mearnsleader.co.uk

For more information on the Little Princess Trust, visit http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/