A 12-YEAR-OLD girl has proved she is a cut above the rest by raising more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK by having her head partly shaved.

Ella Walsh, from Wootton-by-Woodstock, had her shoulder-length hair cut short and shaved the back and sides to raise the cash at her fundraiser on Sunday, October 27.

The pupil of Marlborough School, Woodstock, had her hair cut on stage by hairdresser Carly Humphries from Kidlington’s Evolution Hair Design at Wootton Village Hall and there was also a tombola and raffle.

Ella was inspired to fundraise for charity after watching a TV programme featuring a girl battling cancer.

She said: “On the TV there was a girl who had cancer and I thought that that could happen to anyone of us.

“So I wanted to do something drastic to say we have to do something about it.

“I am really happy because I have raised £1,000.”

The day alone raised more than £500, but so far £1,088 has been raised and more donations are coming in.

As if raising £1,000 for charity wasn’t enough, Ella has also donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides wigs and hair pieces for children who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatment.

Her mum Carol said: “We are really proud of her. Not many girls her age would want to do something like that.”