A YOUNG girl from Reading has donated 30cms of her hair to charity and raised over £500.

Twelve-year-old Bea Howes, from Emmer Green, has donated 30cms of hair to the Little Princess Trust, today.

Bea’s current total stands at £430 with £80 of promised money to be paid soon.

The money will go towards making real hair wigs which are given to children and young people who have lost their hair through cancer or other conditions, for free.

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Bea made the decision to donate her hair to the charity in January and has been growing it to the required length for six months.

She explained: “People need my hair more than I do; it will make me feel really happy to know that I've made someone else happy.”

Bea’s mother, Nicola Howes, revealed that Bea is no stranger to fundraising.

She said: “Bea has always strived to help others; she loves a cake sale and organised one with her friends in our front garden in July 2016 to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

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“Another one followed last year where she and her friends raised a lot of money for a boy from their school who has been battling with cancer and requires treatment in Turkey.

“Lastly, in April she and her brother did a cake sale in our front garden which raised over £300 towards her Dad's Marathon sponsorship for the charity Children with Cancer.”

She added: “Bea is 12 years old and literally the sweetest girl you could ever meet. She is popular and thoughtful and as parents she makes us proud every day.”

If you would like to donate to Bea’s cause, visit her Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bea-howes.