Above: Cordelia and hairdresser Jamie Whiley after her hair cut and left, the chop for one of Cordelia’s plaits. Pictures: Kevin Elfleet

A Downham Market teenager has had years of hair growth snipped off in seconds.

Cordelia Bainbridge, 16, had 17 inches chopped to donate to The Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides wigs for children suffering with hair loss.

And her kind deed has also resulted in £250 being raised in donations from supporters.

“She had been saying for a while she wanted to cut her hair as it was getting long and difficult to manage,” said Cordelia’s mother Rowena.

“Some of her friends had donated hair before, so she decided she wanted to do the same.”

Cordelia, a student at Springwood High in King’s  Lynn, organised the hair cut at her mother’s workplace, Downham Preparatory School and Montessori Nursery at Stow Bardolph.

Last Sunday, hairdresser Jamie Whiley from the Purfleet Studio in Lynn, cut Cordelia’s hair – eight years after he last cut it.

Mrs Bainbridge said: “Cordelia ordered the charity information pack and chose the school as it was free, to save money. She organised it all herself.”