Bella's charity chop

BELLA Lightburn is giving back to the community which helped her family during tough times.

After four years of growing her hair, the eight-year-old has loped her locks in a bid to help people with cancer.  

The Specimen Hill Primary School student raised $1579.95 and will donate the funds to Camp Quality - a charity which helps put a smile of the faces of sick children.

Bella's chopped locks will be used to make a wig for people with cancer through Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

Her family knows all too well the value of generosity, having lost their home on Black Saturday five years ago.

"I thought it would be a nice thing to do," Bella said. 

"I don't know anyone with cancer but my friends think it is a nice thing to do."

Bella said she was "a little bit nervous" about cutting her long hair but said it was worth it. 

Bella's mother, Jenna Lightburn, said she was proud of her daughter and said she had never expected Bella to raise more than $500. 

"Bella is a very selfless child. She likes to do things for other people," she said. 

"We originally had a target for $500 and got a lot more than what we expected, so we bumped it up to $1000.

"It has just taken off from there."

Mrs Lightburn said the community had been very supportive during it own hardships and it was a good way to show their appreciation. 

"We had massive support from the community and everyone else," Mrs Lightburn said. 

"So it is another way to give back to the community that helped us."

Bella raised money through donation tins and a raffle. 

Several family members and friends turned out to support Bella during the hair appointment on Saturday, one of those Bella's grandmother, Karen Emerson. 

"I think it is very special," she said. 

"Bella is always considerate and wanting to help others.

"I think it's a wonderful idea."

Bella said she wanted to thank everyone for their donations.  

Bella is a very selfless child. She likes to do things for other people. - Jenna Lightburn

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