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A SELFLESS little girl from Sheffield has donated her own hair to make wigs for children with cancer.

Seven-year-old April Rose Stephen, who has been deaf since the age of three, said goodbye to 10 inches of her waist-length hair – and she is thrilled with the result.

Proud mum Collette, 43, from Chapeltown, said: “Because April is deaf she has received help from charities herself, so she wanted to help others who are less fortunate.”

April has given her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs for children with cancer, free of charge, and she has also raised £300 for the charity.

Collette said: “April is really happy with her new hair, she loves it.

“She had only ever had it cut a couple of times since she was born, so it was down to her waist.

“We were talking about getting it cut and she decided to do it for charity.”

April, a pupil at Angram Bank Primary School, was born with good hearing, but doctors realised she was going deaf when she was three years old.

“Within nine months of the problem being discovered she had lost all her hearing,” said Collette.

April – the youngest of six –originally set out to raise £100 but the response has been astounding.

“She has already collected £300 and we thought we’d try and extend our reach and see if others want to donate,” said Collette.

Now April, little sister to Chantelle, 23, Hollie, 20, Kieron, 19, Kyle, 17 and Fraser, 11, is hoping to raise as much money as possible.

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