A SCHOOLGIRL from Houston has had an incredible 17 inches lopped off her hair in a kind-hearted gesture to make a little girl feel great again.

Eva Horne, 12, took the bold decision to lose her locks to support the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Eva, who goes to Gryffe High School, told The Gazette: “The last time I had my hair this short was when I was around five or six, but I really like it.

“ I feel it’s all been worth it because it’s for such as good cause.

“I know that it will put a smile on a little girl’s face and that makes it all very worthwhile.

“One of my friends also had this done for the Little Princess Trust and I then decided I wanted to do it as well.

The Gazette: Eva before the trim Eva before the trim

“I like it and it feels good. It’s a lot less heavy now that I have had it cut.”

Eva saw her locks hit the floor at Cotter Hairdressing, in Bridge of Weir, and her gesture has raised £567 for the Trust.

She was supported by mum Kirsty and dad Chris, as well as younger sisters Ruby, 10, and eight-year-old Daisy.

The Gazette: Eva's hair Eva's hair

Kirsty said: “We are all very proud of Eva. It’s an amazing thing she has done.

“She always has been kind and caring and this is one example of how she is keen to help others.

“Eva hasn’t had her hair cut for three years. It was right down her back, so it was a big deal.

“A friend did it and she said she wanted to do it as well. She came up with the idea herself without us prompting her. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far. She has raised nearly £500, which is amazing.”

After the holidays, Eva is going into S2 at Gryffe High, where she is keen to study science, especially chemistry.

She also loves reading and drawing.

The trust relies solely on the efforts of enthusiastic community fundraisers and receives no formal funding.

The donated hair is matched as closely as possible to the recipient’s natural hair colour. As it is real hair, the wig can be cut, curled or straightened to match an original look.

Visit Eva’s online fundraising page

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