Before with her long hair. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Kind-hearted eight-year-old Mia-Joy Charles has had her waist-length hair cut to help other children.

After, a new look Mia-Joy Charles whose hair donation will help other youngsters. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Mia-Joy, of Terrington St John, decided to have her long hair cut to shoulder length, donating her pony tail to The Little Princess Trust.

The charity provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people up to the age of 24 who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses and treatment.

Mia-Joy said: “I wanted to give it to them because it’s a really nice thing to do and to make someone happy and make them smile a little.”

Mia’s mum  Siobhan Charles said: “It seemed a shame to waste her hair as it was so long and thick. 

“When she heard about The Little Princess Trust she was really keen to donate her hair to help someone else. We’re really proud of her.”

Mia-Joy is in good company, as in January, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, announced that she had donated her hair to the charity.

The wig manufacturers are skilled specialists who blend the hair donations together, as it can take between seven and 10 individual donations to make a single wig.

Mia-Joy’s family hope that because her hair was so long it will be used to make a full wig for a young person in need.