A KIND-hearted schoolgirl has sacrificed her precious long locks to help children battling cancer.

Megan Linney, of Cutacre Close, Tyldesley, raised more than £1,700 for the Little Princess Trust by having 12 inches of her hair cut off.

The charity makes real hair wigs for children across the UK and Ireland who have lost theirs due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

The 14-year-old's mum Diana said: "I cannot believe she went ahead with the haircut because it is such a brave thing for a girl of her age to do.

"She came up with the idea herself this summer and started researching charities she could help by donating her hair.

"As a family we are so proud of her."

A flood of online and cash donations as well as fundraising events Megan organised at her high school in Salford led to the impressive fundraising total.

Diana also praised the Peace and Pout hair and beauty salon in Swinton for the new bob hairstyle it has given Megan.

To make a donation visit justgiving.com/fundraising/megan-linney.