A LITTLE girl from Rhoscrowther has had her beautiful hair cut off to help raise money for charity, and help children who have lost their own hair.

Cherry Harvey had her hair cut from a long Rapunzel-length to a short bob in order to raise funds, and provide hair, for the Little Princess Trust, an organisation which makes wigs and hairpieces for youngsters suffering from hair loss.

Four-year-old Cherry, a pupil at Lamphey Primary School, had her hair cut for free by Gemma at the Changez salon in Pembroke Dock’s London Road on Thursday, September 14.

Proud mum Lucy said: “She’s been wanting her hair cut for a long time, it’s a massive amount to cut off.”

For Lucy, supporting the Trust’s goals has a personal, poignant reason.

“Through my family we’ve been through cancer, my husband’s mother had cancer.”

Former Haverfordwest mayor Cherie Harvey, who Cherry is named after, had bravely battled leukaemia and other complications for around a year but had contributed tremendously to the town during her seven years on the council and during her year as mayor.

Lucy said the family first became aware of the Little Princess Trust during another concerning time for the family: “Alice, my middle girl had heart failure a couple of years ago, when she was 18 months she was diagnosed with a hole in the heart, it wasn’t diagnosed ‘til she was 24 hours from death.”

The family spent a lot of time in the Heath hospital, learning about the charity.

Lucy said Cherry wanted to donate her hair so other children “can have beautiful hair like me”.

Lucy added: “I've put off cutting Cherry's hair for years but this summer Cherry has continually asked if she can have short hair. So I've given in after a great suggestion to donate the hair was put forward to me. We've explained to Cherry what will happen to the hair that she's donating, she's so happy that she can help others.

“It’s a fabulous cause, absolutely amazing; the amount Cherry is giving is more than most people have cut off, it’s seven inches normally, but Cherry had about 11 inches all together.”

Funds are being raised through online charity website Justgiving, with £305 raised to date.

To donate see justgiving.com/fundraising/lucy-kenniford