A WIRRAL schoolgirl has had her hair shaved off to raise funds for Claire House in memory of a friend who died from cancer.

Amber Ritson went under the scissors during a pirate-themed family fun day she helped organise in Vale Park, New Brighton on Friday afternoon.

The ten-year-old, who attends New Brighton Primary School, did so in memory of Ellie Cook, who died from an inoperable brain tumour three years ago.

Amber was inspired to shave her hair after seeing pop hero Jessie J do the same for charity.

The Pirates for Ellie funday on Friday raised £4,000. On the day there were cake sales, musical entertainment and a raffle.

The figure is rising, as people are still handing money to her.

Amber's proud mum Jane said: "Although some people thought it was a bit much for such a young girl, she was totally adamant that this was what she wanted and although she looks mighty different, we all think it really suits her, thank you."

After Ellie's tragic death mum Linda, who works for Wirral Council’s housing benefits team, organised a successful "Pirate’s Day" which too place in 2011 and raised more than £2,500 in Ellie’s memory.

More than £1,000 of this came from Linda, her council colleagues and from New Brighton Primary School, where Ellie was a pupil.

Linda said: "The thing about the Pirates for Ellie is that it brings the community together. It was a fun afternoon.

"I'd like to thank Amber for the fantastic amount she has raised. It's an emotional time for Amber, as she misses Ellie and thinks about her all the time."