Many little girls like pretending to be princesses, but Jade-Marley Gourdie is a little bit different.
The six-year-old from Lauder decided to have her hair cut off to raise money for the Little Princess Trust, who provide real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Each wig costs £300 to provide and, to date, Jade has raised £735 through her JustGiving page alone.
The family were initially aiming to raise enough money for one wig, but soon realised that they would be able to raise much more.
“I thought she would be quite nervous on the day,” said Jade’s mum Eilidh, “but she didn’t given much away.”
Eilidh said that the family weren’t keen at first. “We said no for six months,” she told the Southern.
But Jade was determined to see out her plan, which was entirely her own idea.
“I’m really proud of her,” Eilidh went on. “She’s grown up a lot in the past year and thinks of others a lot now.
“I don’t miss brushing all that hair, though.
“Everyone in Lauder got behind us to help raise the money. Jade’s friend Olivia donated her own ponytail, which was eight or nine inches long and the school held a Crazy Hair Day fundraiser.” The money raised through all of these efforts combined has reached over £1,400.
Jade’s own 14-inch ponytail has been put into bands and will also be sent to the Princess Trust for them to use.
Visit www.littleprincesses.org.uk to find out more about the trust’s work and how you can help, or visit Jade’s own Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/jade-marley