A SELFLESS 11-year-old donated 19 inches of her hair to benefit children who are going through treatment for cancer.

After extensive fundraising, on Saturday, Faye Sibley, from Rooksdown, had her long locks cut short for the Little Princess Trust.

As well as donating the hair, The Hurst student has also managed to raise more than £1,800 for the charity which provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Donating her hair and doing the fundraising was all Faye's own idea, something her mother Claire said she is incredibly proud of.

Claire said: “Faye suffers with really bad eczema which sometimes completely covers her, and she is quite conscious about it.

“I don’t really know where the idea came from but she told me she wanted to do it and I was initially taken back that she wanted to do it.

“Because she has struggled with confidence her hair and make-up are things that she loves and takes pride in, so for her to decide to cut it all short was a really big thing and I am so proud of her.”

The big cut took place at the Stratfield Saye Village Hall, where along with the main event there was cakes, a tombola, stalls selling jewellery, knitted items and a beauty stall selling products with all the money raised going towards Faye’s final total.

Claire added the support for her daughter was a touch overwhelming as after people had read Faye’s justgiving page they wanted to help.

On the page Faye wrote: “I know what it’s like to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable in your own body due to my severe skin condition and I think it’s important that everybody feels beautiful and comfortable.”

Claire added: “There was a moment when Faye got a little bit nervous and emotional but it was because she never expected this amazing support.”

To donate to Faye’s cause, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/fayesibley.