Twelve-year-old Ruby Rodriguez from Radlett is cutting and donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust in hopes of being able to make a full wig.
Known as Rapunzel by her friends and teachers, Ruby was inspired to grow her hair and donate it to charity after reading an article a few years ago about a young girl who did the same thing.
Ruby, who has never cut her hair before, said: “A lot of family members of mine have been taken or suffered from cancer. If I can make a difference for someone, that’s all I want.
“I love being known for my hair, it’s just the normal for me. My mum has always had long hair and I like taking after her. I always knew if I cut it, it would be for charity.”
The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people up to the age of 24 that have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
The trust relies solely on the efforts of enthusiastic community fundraisers and receives no formal funding.
Proud parents, Jose and Emanuela Rodriguez, hope that Ruby can inspire another little girl to grow her hair and donate it just like her.
Jose said: “We are incredibly proud; it’s something we have always talked about. As well as the JustGiving page, Ruby is also raising money at school.
“I will miss seeing the way people looked when seeing a girl with such long hair. Wherever we go, I always laugh because I see girls nudging their friends or their mums and gasp.”
At the time of writing, Ruby has raised over £500, completely smashing past their target of £250.
To show Ruby some support and to find out more about the charity she is raising money for, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/ruby-rodriguez