When little Freya Dougherty-Graves had her lovely, long locks chopped off it was for a good cause.

The nine-year-old of Backford took the plunge at her local hairdressers after learning about The Little Princess Trust.

The charity provides wigs made of real hair to children across the UK who are being treated for cancer.

It relies solely on financial contributions and hair donations to create the  wigs.

Freya, a pupil at Saughall All Saints Primary School, has a younger brother Harrison aged three and sister Eleanor aged five months.

Freya Dougherty-Graves says goodbye to her long hair
 

She said: “I wanted to help a child who has got cancer to get a nice wig.

“I started growing my hair about three years ago.

“When the hairdresser cut my hair off it felt really light and a bit strange but I  got used to it. 

“I would definitely do it again for the charity.”

Her proud father Scott Graves, 26, a police officer, said: “What Freya did might appear to be nothing extraordinary.

“But when you consider how proud she was of her locks and had been trying for years to grow it long enough to reach the base of her back, it was a pretty big event.

“Freya was sold on the idea of The Little Princess Trust from the outset.

Freya Dougherty-Graves after losing her long locks for The Princess Trust
 

“And when the daughter of one of my work colleagues underwent months of aggressive treatment and benefited from a similar scheme, Freya was very excited to be able to do something positive for such brave little individuals.”

Freya’s mum Helen said  she hoped others would follow her daughter’s example.

She said: “So many children and adults have large portions of hair cut in an attempt to change their image and the hair is simply disposed of.

“We believe if more people were aware of what  amazing things can be done with what they may consider to be useless strands  of hair, then the charity would receive countless  more donations.

“People might have their hair cut just to donate.”

For more information  about The Little Princess Trust go to www.littleprincesses.org.uk .