A WIRRAL schoolgirl has sacrified her long locks to help those going through chemotherapy.

Eight-year-old Olivia O'Dowd said farewell to 13 inches of hair when she discovered that doing so could help other children who are suffering hair loss as a result of cancer treatment.

The hair has now been posted to The Little Princess Trust, who specialise in suplying and funding high-quality wigs made of real hair for children with cancer.

Mum Joanna said the Bidston Avenue Primary School pupil is extremely proud of her achievement.

She said: "When she found out that her hair could be used to help other children she jumped at the chance as she is a very caring person.

"Olivia knows how important it is to make someone feel happier and better when they feel down or unwell.

"By doing this she was going to make one little girl feel a bit better, by having her hair made into a wig."