Kind-hearted schoolgirl Nikita Dillon has been growing her hair for five years with one aim in mind – to donate it to The Little Princess Trust.
The charity provides real hair wigs for children who have sadly lost theirs through cancer treatment.
Nikita, 16, who lives in Bingham Close and goes to The Cavendish School, explained: “I’m healthy and I’m just so grateful that I’m able to grow my hair and donate it, so that someone else can be happy.”
The big chop will take place at Toni&Guy at the Marlowes centre after her school prom on July 10.
And as soon as it’s cut, Nikita will start growing it again for exactly the same cause.
Her mum Anne said: “We’re so proud of her.
“She decided to do this when she was only 11 and said right from the start that she wanted to do it for The Little Princess Trust.
“Everyone at the school is right behind her and we’re also doing a raffle.”
Nikita – who has an 18-year-old brother James – said she’d had her hair trimmed in between and was really excited about getting it cut, probably to shoulder level: “Then I’ll grow it back and do it all over again.”
It costs about £350 to make a real hair wig suitable for a child. The Little Princess Trust, launched in 2006 by the parents of a little girl who died of cancer, requests donated hair to be clean, dry, in good condition and at least 7 in long.
> If you’d like to sponsor Nikita, go to www.justgiving.com/QueenNikitaDillon