YOUNG Caitlin Coupe has helped to boost charity The Little Princess Trust - by having her long hair lopped off and raising £870.

The eight-year-old Hellifield Primary School pupil has passed on 17-inch long braids to the charity - which makes real hair wigs for children undergoing cancer and other treaments - after they were cut at Hairod’s hairdressers in Skipton. She is pictured before and after her crop.

Mother Hannah, of Station Court, Hellifield, said:”Her understanding, compassion and kindness are what makes her so special. Our entire family is so proud of everything she has done. Caitlin has said that she hopes her hair makes whoever gets it happy in a sad time. The Little Princess Trust is an extremely special charity set up in memory of Hannah Tarplee, who sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2005. When Caitlin found out about the Trust and the special job they did she was so eager to help.

“Me and her dad have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of everyone who has donate - thank you.”

Caitlin originally set out to raise £350, which is the estimated cost of making one wig, but has achieved more than double her target. Donations can be made on The Little Princess Trust website at: