A BRAVE youngster hoping to change the lives of those affected by cancer has said goodbye to her long locks.

Cockton Hill Junior School pupil, Paige Allison, decided to Brave The Shave after being inspired by her cousin and aunty who shaved their heads in the name of charity.

The nine-year-old said: "My aunty and my cousin did it which inspired me because it's a good thing I can do to help people.

"I was nervous to get my head shaved but also really excited as well."

The day saw dozens of people gather round at The Mitre pub, in Bishop Auckland town centre, to support and encourage Paige.

The youngster was all smiles after the shave and has raised more than £1,200 for Macmillan Cancer Support and The Angel Trust – with the total still climbing.

Megan Tremble, Paige's godmother said: "Paige has been so brave along with Paula and Emma who also shaved their heads.

"The event is in memory of my uncle Stephen and we are all so proud of Paige for doing it as it was her idea. We would like to thank The Mitre for everything they have done to support the day."

The hair will be donated to Little Princess Trust which provides free, real-hair wigs for young cancer sufferers or for children and young people experiencing the devastating effects of hair loss. To donate to the cause visit bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/paula-and--paige- and contact The Angel Trust directly on 01388-737270.